John Lees @ Betty Cuningham Gallery

John Lees, Man Sitting in an  Armchair, 2008-2015, oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches
John Lees, Man Sitting in an Armchair, 2008-2015, oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches (courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery)

James Kalm visits an exhibition of works by John Lees at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, on view through November 28, 2015.

Kalm notes that: "This exhibition ... is a welcome relief from a recent bombardment of 'Zombie Formalism' and 'Flipper Art'. Lees often lingers over these works for decades, providing his quotidian subjects with an obsessive materiality that is contrasted with a near spiritual invocation. The several drawings and studies of 'Man in an Armchair' give viewers an opportunity examine the artist's process of refining and complicating the image, before finally reaching a satisfying level of completion."