Lee Price

10 Apr

Sometimes, I find an artist’s work so powerful, that I can’t write about it immediately.  When I found New York artist Lee Price’s work, I wanted to share it as soon as possible, but just couldn’t write about it yet.  So I featured her on my Artist Watch over on Escape Into Life, where I can simply post images, a bio and a link.

Asleep, oil on linen, 38x56

Having been naturally thin and active almost my entire life, up until recently, I’ve never really had weight issues.  There were times I actually wished to be a little more curvy, more womanly.  But as I approach the big 4-0 next week (!), I find myself struggling more than ever with my body image.  Having listened to every woman I know complain about her body at one time or another, I know that I am not alone.

Self-Portrait in Tub With Chinese Food, oil on linen, 44x44

Lee Price’s work speaks to food obsessions and compulsions so common, especially among women.  Her pastel, candy-colored palette belies the darkness at the heart of each painting.  Her women are isolated, surrounded not by friends, family or lovers, but by piles of food, rarely untouched.

Full, oil on linen, 54x44

Constantly bombarded with conflicting media, we, as women, are often left feeling inadequate and confused.  We retreat into ourselves, indulging when we are alone so that the only judgement we’ll feel is our own.  Will we ever stop condemning ourselves so harshly?

Lemon Meringue, oil on linen, 72x32

Boston Cream, oil on linen, 65x48

For me, its still a struggle to make the right choices.  Gone are the days of being able to eat whatever I like and still be a size 5.  But also gone are the days of eating like a bird and obsessing over the way my body looks in a bikini.  I may be a bit more curvy, but I’m choosing to be happier than ever.  For me, it’s been a choice worth making.

To more of Lee Price’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Ice Cream, oil on linen, 62×31.  All images are via the artist’s website.

8 Responses to “Lee Price”

  1. Kerry Irvine April 10, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    So powerful and so brave! Thank you for sharing Lesley!

    • Lesley April 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed them, Kerry!

  2. Nicole April 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I love this! My friend and I had a conversation last weekend about body image, and Price’s work really illustrates some of the things we talked about.

    • Lesley April 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      It really is such a universal issue, isn’t it?

  3. Lisa Connolly (@HerSparkle) April 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you for sharing. I agree that they are quite powerful….I feel many emotions looking at them. They truly do illustrate the battle/love affair we have with food. I think as we age, watching everything we eat begins to take a backseat and the enjoyment of life and food become more of a focus, but this comes at a time when our youthful metabolisms naturally slow. I suppose it will always be a delicate balance.

    • Lesley April 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      Very well said, Lisa! I’m finding the need to exercise becomes much greater with age.. and the motivation to do it is usually waning.😉

  4. patience April 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    oh gosh i’m just totally obsessed with lee’s body of work. (and her body! haha, just kiddign!) but i really connect with her subject matter and the fact is…she is seriously skilled! who does oil portraits any more? she does, but with a serious modern flair.

    • Lesley April 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      I really love her work ( obviously ). I’ve been kind of obsessed with contemporary portraiture– you’ll see quite a few portrait artists in the archives of the site!😉

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