photo by  Rachel Stenger    “Most of my work is really meant as a processing tool for myself as I navigate motherhood, but I also want my work to challenge the common portrayal of modern motherhood - often represented as blissful and dreamlike, like life is in a pastel colored cloud. I want my work to explore and represent a more raw portrayal. Not as shock value, but as an exposure of my own rawness and vulnerability in hopes to connect with my viewer more authentically .”

photo by Rachel Stenger

“Most of my work is really meant as a processing tool for myself as I navigate motherhood, but I also want my work to challenge the common portrayal of modern motherhood - often represented as blissful and dreamlike, like life is in a pastel colored cloud. I want my work to explore and represent a more raw portrayal. Not as shock value, but as an exposure of my own rawness and vulnerability in hopes to connect with my viewer more authentically.”

About

Lee Nowell-Wilson is a representational figurative artist, living and working in Baltimore, MD. Through drawing, painting and installation, Nowell-Wilson’s work explores movement and weight, both emotional and physical, within the maternal relationship. Using a combination of realistically rendered figures and abstract mark making, her work incorporates humor and universal benign experiences as a way to investigate the often unspoken emotional undertones of maternity; she interacts with average objects, such as laundry, to portray metaphors of anxiety, physical stretching and one’s mental capacity.

Nowell-Wilson earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She has participated in artist residencies with Creative Paradox in Annapolis, MD, and the Street Art School in Lyon, France. Her work has exhibited in Annapolis, New York City, Italy and France, and she recently held a solo show at Project 1628 in Baltimore, MD. Traveling with her husband, Nowell-Wilson has completed murals + urban art pieces in Norway, France, Northern Ireland and Chile. In 2018, Nowell-Wilson was also featured in Maker’s Magazine, Bmore Art, and the online blog “Both Mother and Artist”, showcasing and discussing her work created since giving birth to her daughter. She has also been recently invited to speak on an artist panel about the Maternal Creative Instinct hosted by Hamiltonian Gallery in D.C.


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EDUCATION 

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), BFA Painting, May 2011

Studio Art Center International (SACI), Florence, Italy, Fall 2009

RESIDENCIES 

2015 Street Art School, Youth With a Mission, Lyon, France

2012 Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Au Revoir, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2012 La Riqueza del Pueblo, The Temporary Gallery, Baltimore, MD

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019 Where We Find It, Sense Gallery, two person exhibition, Washington, D.C.

2019 Mother of Invention, The Lemon Collective, Washington D.C

2019 Washington Project of the Arts auction, Washington, D.C.

2018 Full Communion, Project 1628, Baltimore, MD

2018 Connected. Tangled. Intimate. Delectable. Hancock Solar Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2016 Roots, Section 1 Project in collaboration with Buenos Aires Street Art, Baltimore, MD

2016 Upfest Street Art Festival, Bristol, England 

2013 Jumbo Shrimp, IAM, New York, NY

2013 Appetizer, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2013 AIR '13 End of Year Show, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2012 WOMEN: An Exhibition, D Center @ MAP, Baltimore, MD

2012 The 12 x 12, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2011 MICA Senior Thesis Exhibition, Fox 2 Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2010 Identity, MICA Rosenberg Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009 SACI Work Exhibition, Florence, Italy and Baltimore, MD

PUBLICATIONS

2019 - Artist/Mother Podcast interview, episode 17

2019 - Women’s International March/April Issue, Create! Magazine

2018 - October Artist of the Month, Both Artist and Mother online blog

2018 - “Art, Motherhood, And Full Communion”, Bmore Art, interview by Katherine Mann (March)

2018 - Maker’s Magazine, Issue 5: HOME

AWARDS

2011 Puffin Foundation Grant