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Lee Grantham

Conceptualizing artwork that bridges the strong tradition of imagery in Chicago and his own style of surrealism, Lee Grantham creates energetic pieces that are painted in reverse on plexiglass. Using acrylic, the artist masters this challenging technique, with each painting created with incredible depth. Grantham’s unique visual language is energetic, nostalgic, and obsessive, as he stylizes his vision of pop culture from the 50s to the 80s to the present day.

John Maloof (of Vivian Maier fame) recently rediscovered one of his paintings at an antique dealer, and tracked him down. Grantham has been creating works in Milwaukee for decades without much notice. The current gallery exhibition features his earlier works, as well as several of his authentic 50s television cabinets.

Biography and Resume

1953 Winchester, IN

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

2018 Jean Albano Gallery – Chicago, IL
2003 Anderson Art Center – Kenosha, WI
2001 St. John’s Uihlein Peters Gallery – Milwaukee, WI
1997 Ball State University Art Gallery – Muncie, IN
1994 Dublin Rosenburg Gallery – New York, NY
1990 Gilman/Gruen Galleries – Chicago, IL
1988 Gilman/Gruen Galleries – Chicago, IL
1984 Contemporary Art Workshop Galleries – Chicago, IL
1981 Ball State University Art Gallery – Muncie, IN
1980 Designerie Art Gallery – Dayton, OH
1979 Ball State University Art Gallery – Muncie, IN

2016 John Michael Kohler Art Center – Sheboygan, WI
2015 Museum of Wisconsin Art – West Bend, WI
2004-2016 Anderson Arts Center For The Arts – Kenosha, WI
2010 Shauer Art Center – Hartford, WI
2009 Ploch Art Gallery – Brookfiled, WI
2009 Marion Art Gallery – Milwuakee, WI
2009 Walker’s Point Center for the Arts – Milwaukee, WI
2009 Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts – Brookfield, WI
2009 Rahr-West Art Museum – Manitowoc, WI
2007 Charles Allis Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI
2007 Francis Hardy Center for the Arts – Ephraim, WI
2004 Wisconsin Academy Gallery – Madison, WI