Lee Lippman

Lee Lippman

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    1927 – 2020

    A Tribute to Our Friend Lee Lippman

    – by Elizabeth Roan 

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    Artist's Biography

    In Memoriam

    1927 - February 6, 2020

    On February 6th, 2020, InLiquid was devastated by the loss of our dear friend and longtime artist member, Lee Lippman. Having lived a wonderfully colorful and exciting 93 years, Lee was an artist who painted just for the love of painting. His studio, filled to the brim with his paintings, only represents some of his work. Lee along with his wife and fellow artist of 70 years, Arlene Love, would hold what they called burning parties, where they would ceremoniously incinerate some of his paintings and her sculptures. They did this as a form of renewal and as a way to begin the creative process freshly. He loved producing artwork so much he eventually accumulated more than his Fairmount studio could house. 

    Lippman resided and worked in Philadelphia for most of his life. At the age of 12, he called himself Lee Arnold and formed his first jazz band, the Royal Knights of Rhythm, but he continued his lessons with Gigliotti into early adulthood. Lee also served in the U.S. Military. after he returned home, he enrolled in the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, where he studied painting, advertising, and graphic design. It was there that he learned about the new materials being used by the Mexican muralist, David Alfaro Siquieros. He wrote to him, offering his services as an assistant, and Siquieros accepted his offer. From there, Lee boarded a Philadelphia bus headed towards Mexico City, where he enrolled in the Instituto Politecnico and La Escuela Esmeralda, where Frida Kahlo taught. Lee participated in hands-on work with Siquieros, using the new pyroxylin paints, now substituted for the traditional fresco techniques. While in Mexico City, he was lucky enough to participate in a workshop with famed muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco.

    By the late 1970’s and early 80’s, after a successful eighteen-year career in design, Lee and Arlene began spending a good portion of each year in the hills of Oaxaca, where, having gone back into painting full-time, Lee was inspired by his surroundings, and began painting the scenic fields and markets in nearby villages. This period of his life is what inspired his San Pablo series, which consists of over 90 works depicting the town’s romanticly deep colors, simple lifestyles, and rich landscapes. By the early 2000s, Lee and Arlene moved from their peaceful countryside adobe house at the end of a meandering dirt road, back to their home in Philadelphia where they saw their home town with fresh eyes. Lee then painted Philadelphia cityscapes and was exhibited frequently by InLiquid. These quiet scenes are indicative of Lee’s signature style. In his many paintings of landscapes, cityscapes, beach fronts, dunes, and tiny islands (both in a bucolic and urban form), he shows his appreciation for what he says in his artist statement as “the infinite space above and the finite forms of the land below.”

    Lee also had a passion for jazz. During his time in the military, he spent the duration of the war playing in army bands, during which time he created a jazz band that played in officers’ clubs. Jazz and art are what he and his wife Arlene Love connected on the most. Lee and Arlene would have celebrated their 70th anniversary this coming June.

    We don’t remember exactly when InLiquid became friends with Lee and Arlene. It seems like they were always part of our little world even though it was not since the beginning. Lee’s paintings always gave a sense of completion to the exhibitions we’ve included him in and have been part of the evolution of our organization. Ranging from our exhibition space at the former Painted Bride, and our early days of Park Towne Place programming, to his most recent exhibition with InLiquid at Schwarz Gallery in Rittenhouse, Lee’s work and presence has always been a staple to the InLiquid community and family. In a way, it’s almost as if Lee and Arlene were the ones who adopted us, and we are forever thankful. 

    - Elizabeth Roan 

     

    Lee Lippman has lived and worked in Philadelphia most of his life except for a dozen years in Mexico. In his youth, he studied in Mexico with the muralists, Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, working on a mural crew with Siqueiros before returning to school at PCA (now the University of the Arts) where he was awarded the senior prize for painting. Lippman has had over 20 solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, and Oaxaca, Mexico, and has participated in innumerable group exhibitions and is represented in catalogs. His work is in collections in various places in the United States, including (among others), The Phillip Morris collection, many Pennsylvania universities and colleges, the Hollis and Generalis collections in Philadelphia, the Nelson collection in Denver, and collections in Mexico.

    Artist's Statement

    Whether Landscape, still life or figure, my work is always informed by the natural world. The infinite space above and the finite forms of the land below and that which is upon it is the basis for this series of paintings. Painted in oil encaustic on heavy Arches deckle edged paper, this work is archivally sound. The paper is protected with three coats of gesso on both sides before the work is begun. Each painting is 41" x 29".

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2007
    The Banner Paintings, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    catalog

    2005
    Horizons, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    catalog

    2003
    Highways & Waterways, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    catalog

    2001
    The San Pablo Series, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    catalog

    Esther Klein Gallery, University of Pennsylvania,
    Philadelphia, PA

    2000
    La Mano Magica, Oaxaca, Mexico

    1995
    La Mano Magica, Oaxaca, Mexico

    1991
    Bennet Siegel Gallery, New York, NY

    1990
    Bennet Siegal Gallery, New York, NY

    Mexican Journeys: Myth, Magic and Mummies, Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    catalog

    1987
    The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1985
    Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1984
    Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ

    1983
    Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1982 - 1983
    Lee Lippman, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
    catalog

    1981
    Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Opens Friday, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

    Group

    2001
    Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    1999
    La Mano Magica, Oaxaca, Mexico

    1998
    La Mano Magica, Oaxaca, Mexico

    Pennsylvania Treasures, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Chester Springs Studios, Chester Springs, PA
    catalog

    1993
    Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

    A Personal Mythology (festival Mythos,Phila.), Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    1990
    Divided We Stand, Commerce Square. Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Marsha Moss

    1987
    Art Fighting AIDS, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    catalog

    1984
    Pennsylvania Artists, Indiana University of Pennsylvania,
    Indiana, PA
    Invitational
    catalog

    Bennet Siegal Gallery, New York, NY

    1982
    Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PA
    Invitational
    catalog

    1979
    Bachannal Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Selected Collections

    Public and Corporate Collections
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Phillip Morris International
    MAS Corporation
    Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
    Philip and Muriel Berman Museum at Ursinus College,
    Collegeville, PA
    Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
    Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
    Allentown College, Allentown, PA

    Numerous private collections