Lee Nowell-Wilson is a representational figurative painter, printmaker, and urban artist currently based in Baltimore, MD. She earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011.
Primarily using oil paint, graphite and house paint for outdoors pieces, her work explores themes of relationship and vulnerability, as she herself navigates different processes of life involving motherhood and womanhood. Her work is also an investigation of humanness, and acts as a celebration of the triumphs and failures of our shared human experience.
"There's something that clicks at a certain point in each drawing or painting when I start to take it seriously. Like a quiet adolescent that speaks their first line of wisdom and you raise your eyebrows and tilt your head a little like 'ok. I see you.' And you realize for the first time that they are a real human, coming into form, and have been all along. But before that point in each piece of work, I always need to just scribble on the surface for a bit. Like a cat batting at a mini toy tennis ball on a string. When it clicks, though I go hard."
Professionally, Lee worked as a muralist and was the co-founder of Blue Lined Designs, a mural painting team based in Baltimore, MD, from 2012 - 2015. She has exhibited work in Baltimore, Italy, New York, and France, as well as completed urban art pieces in Norway, France, Northern Ireland and Chile. She participated in a year long residency in Annapolis, MD in 2012, and a 5 month urban arts residency in Lyon, France in 2015. From August 2015 - June 2016, her and her husband lived in Aalesund, Norway working with Youth With a Mission.