Monthly updates from Jonathan Z Lee
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Jan 2021: Winter is Coming
On a quest for frosty bison with David Yarrow
The frostier the better. Braving temperatures of -20 and below. Yellowstone in the winter is a thing to behold. No better way to see it for the first time than with my dear friend and mentor David Yarrow. David exalts the splendor of America's national parks and natural wonders with such class and confidence. And he does it in style - up at 4AM, it's a wrap by 10. Though it seems like it's always somewhere miserably cold when we shoot together. (Svalbard, Alaska, Antarctica, Montana...how about Hawaii next time?)
Feb 2021: Dogtooth Galleries
Coming to Chester with Dogtooth Galleries
Delighted to announce that my work will be on display at Dogtooth Galleries. A beautiful boutique gallery in Chester with an incredibly eclectic set of works by supremely gifted artists. It's a good sign when you want the artworks you share wall space with for yourself. Check out their stellar collection and pop in if you are in the area.
Mar 2021: Shark Week
Tigers, Hammers, and SeaLegacy
I have begun leading bespoke, curated wildlife experiences for people who want to see how the magic happens, and are ready for life-changing encounters - the only way I know how to do it. Our maiden voyage in the Bahamas, going after charismatic big sharks was a wild week, with tiger sharks, hammerheads, dolphins, and a special hammerhead dive with Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeir, co-founders of SeaLegacy. Two heroes of the natural world and wonderful company in and out of the water. I count myself very fortunate to now know them as friends.
Apr 2021: Asia Bound
Coming home with APRE Artnet
I have always thought that my mission would ultimately take me home to Asia. Where there is such a need to reconnect with the natural world. The arts scene is blossoming in the greater China regions, and artists and galleries there are pushing the boundaries, embracing the digital age and focusing on immersive experiences. I am proud to say I will start my artistic journey in Asia in partnership with APRE Artnet, based in Hong Kong. Stayed tuned for exciting developments as we put together something special for later this year. I cannot wait to bring my work and message home.
May 2021: Mobula Madness
Exploring the wild wild west that is Baja California Sur
You don't expect scouting trips to yield so much - but then again, the rugged coast of Baja is no normal place. Dubbed the 'aquarium of the world' by Cousteau, this has been a bucket list destination for me since I started bringing my work under water. The sheer biodiversity in this one region is staggering. I was there for something very specific - the mobula aggregation. It is a mindblowing natural spectacle, and allowed me to express my obsession with recurring patterns on a grand scale. Rest assured I will be back to this region very soon.
Jun 2021: Invading Homes Across America
A partnership with Anthony George Home
I choose who I work with very carefully. It starts with mutual respect for each party's craft. And Anthony is a master of his. A rising star in the design world, Anthony creates spaces which immediately demand your attention. They are bold, iconic looks with layers that surprise and delight. I am overjoyed to work with such a talent who also draws inspiration from the natural world. We have become fast friends, and I am tremendously excited for our collaboration. For collectors seeking to reinvent a space and curate an experience, look no further.
Jul 2021: Beyond the Veil
The New Collection Launch
I am excited to unveil my newest collection: Beyond the Veil
For the past 3 years, I have gone below the surface over and over and over again, on a relentless quest to set my imagination free and paint on the deep blue canvas of our oceans. The water calls, and it pulls, and it releases. We are separated from our primordial source of life by the thinnest of layers. Below, there are unseen wonders, untold stories, unimaginable treasures.
The first print from the collection is already off the shelves, with a pre-release first edition of Man with Great Hammerhead, 2021 selling for $6,000, with all proceeds going to support SeaLegacy
The veil between us and the divine is more permeable than we imagine. Look beyond the veil of form and separation.
The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil.