New Tenants by Annie Lee, is about the New President, Barack Obama and his family are going to the White House as new tenants. Limited Edition piece 23 x 29 framed. (3 March 1935 24 November 2014) was an American artist. She is known for her depiction of African-American everyday life. Her work is characterized by images without facial features.She used body language to show emotion and expression in her work. Her most popular paintings are Blue Monday and My Cup Runneth Over. Between the age of 10, when she showed artistic aptitude, and 40 when she began her career as an artist, she had lost two husbands to cancer, raised a daughter from her first marriage and a son from her second, and lost a son in a tragic accident in 1986.
She enrolled in Loop Junior College and completed her undergraduate work at Mundelein College in Chicago. While working as the chief clerk at Northwestern Railroad, Annie studied art at night for eight years, eventually earning a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Art Education from Loyola University. Lees railroad job inspired one of her most popular paintings, Blue Monday , which depicts a woman struggling to pull herself out of bed on a Monday morning. Her trademarks are the animated emotion of the personalities in the artwork and the faces which are painted without features.At age fifty, Lee had her first gallery show; she allowed prints to be made of four of her original paintings. Using her unique designs, Lee also developed figurines, high fashion dolls, decorative housewares, and kitchen tiles. Lees work reflected her own experiences as well as her observations of those in communities around her. After showing her work in other galleries for a number of years, Lee opened Annie Lee and Friends Gallery in Glenwood, Illinois where she displayed her works as well as the works of other artists.
When several of her paintings appeared on the sets of popular television shows such as The Cosby Show and A Different World , the exposure helped popularize her work. Although she regularly received requests for public appearances, Lee preferred to appear at gallery shows; she also enjoyed visiting schools to encourage and inspire students. After many years, Lee left Chicago for the warm weather of the SouthwestLas Vegas. The play Six No Uptown, written by L.Walker, Terry Horton, and Cassandra Sanders was inspired by Lees painting of the same name. All characters in Annie's paintings have one common trait; faces which has no features. Why does Annie paint in this manner? Here were Annie's reasons.
O Annie Lee preferred to bring her paintings to life through the movement and body language of the characters. Annie did not want faces to interfere with the story she was painting through the body language of her characters.
O By painting without faces, Annie allowed her customers to project themselves or people that they know into the painting. Although Blue Monday is Annie's only self portrait, Annie didn't paint her face on the painting because she knows everybody can relate to having a Blue Monday, and wanted her customers to be able to picture themselves in the painting. When Annie started painting commercially she wanted to be unique and different from other artists. Painting without faces became one of Annie's distinct trademarks.
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