Debbie Lee

My work encompasses drawing, painting, print and animation. It explores themes of multigenerational storytelling, childhood memories and play. Ideas are developed as I move between different media. Storytelling has formed a continuous thread in my artwork since I studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art. I learned from Patua scroll painters in India, as a Commonwealth Universities scholar. I believe in the power of art to communicate beyond language and to heal. Studying art therapy gave me a theory base to support my artistic development. I mix household tales with other stories and explore how stories can reveal psychological insights. I am concerned with magic and myth in stories from a feminist perspective. My experimental animations have been screened at venues including Exeter Phoenix, Aspex Portsmouth, the RWA, and in Chicago and New York. In 2022 I was an invited artist at the Royal Scottish Academy. I also received a bursary from a-n (the Artists Information Company) to interpret Dante’s Inferno as a metaphor for the times in a lithographic story scroll at Lemonade Press in Bristol. I continue to playfully express my ambitious ideas experimenting with a range of media, pushing traditional values of mainstream art.

  • Cat Garden oil on canvas 122x152cm 2023
  • Arm Wrestlers oil on canvas 91x122cm 2020
  • Cat Nap monoprint 21x14cm 2019
  • Chair Lift monoprint 35x25cm 2019
  • Dante’s Inferno in four lithographs 60x46cm each print 2022
  • Let Sleeping Cats Lie monoprint 36x26cm 2022
  • Levitation acrylic on canvas 91x122cm 2016
  • School Girl and Cat oil on aluminium panel 36x28cm 2020
  • Winding the Skein charcoal on paper with coloured pencil animated drawing 2022
  • Debbie Lee in her studio 2020