Tanya Hayes Lee is a visual artist who works primarily in oil in a modern abstract impressionist style. Her paintings convey the sublime in nature and are visual metaphors for our relationships to the world and to each other.
“Color is the element that is unique to the visual realm, and painting is the medium I have chosen to integrate color into my world. Color as structure, form, meaning and the fundamental and exquisite ordering of the world in its own terms. The vibrancy and depth of oils is unparalleled in the history of Western art and fortunately it is a medium now easily accessible to anyone with the compulsion to depict the world as it exists in our four dimensions – and an ample supply of turpentine,” she says.
Lee’s greatest inspirations include the nineteenth-century painters George Innes, J.M.W. Turner, and John Constable, twentieth-century icons Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson and Alice Neel, and contemporary artists Douglas Fryer and Charlie Hunter, as well as many, many colleagues in and around Cambridge.
She studied studio art at the Mass College of Art, Scottsdale Artist School, and Northern Arizona University. Lee lives and works in Cambridge and exhibits at the Rockport Art Association and Museum, Cambridge Art Association, and Cambridge, Fort Point Arts Community, and Arlington open studios, as well as sundry traditional and nontraditional venues.
Cambridge Art Association, Mary Schein Fall Salon, September 2020
Bromfield Gallery, Sizzle!, August 2020
Cambridge Art Association, Small Works, July 2020
Rockport Art Association & Museum, Welcome Back!, July 2020
Cambridge College, Liminal Spaces, January 2020
Rockport Art Association & Museum National Show 2019
Drinkwater’s Cambridge, solo show, 2019
Cambridge Art Association, Mary Schein Fall Salon, 2019
Cambridge Health Associates, Cambridge, Mass., solo show, 2019
Newton Free Library, Newton, Mass., solo show, 2019
Rockport Art Association, solo show, 2019
True Bistro, Somerville, Mass., solo show, 2018
Cambridge Art Association, Art, Grief and the Landscape, 2018
Cambridge Art Association, Members Prize Show, 2018
Whole Foods, Cambridge, Mass., 2018
Coldwell, Banker, Cambridge, Mass., small group show, 2018
Cambridge Arts Council, Community Supported Arts grant, 2017