Joseph Lee is a self-taught artist who primarily focuses on faces and the emotions that inhabit them. Lee manipulates them through segmented brush strokes, color choice, and volume, converging them into a complete and balanced whole. The artist hopes that his works can act sort of like mirrors, allowing the viewers to experience themselves.
"To me, faces are important because they're the things you come across the most on a daily basis and they're the most overlooked," Joseph said. "When you come across my painting, I hope that it enables you to just stop and soak it in and see yourself, allow it to be some kind of reflection."
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You could say his artistic journey started when he was working in a sushi restaurant, waiting tables. "It was one of those days where I had a miserable shift and I just made an instant decision at that moment to just quit. I immediately went to the canvas, I immediately picked up a brush, and I just felt at home."
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The biggest inspiration came when Lee sold his first piece. "It was the greatest feeling," he said. "I remember [after] cashing that check, I was a little paranoid for two days, I didn't know if it's gonna go through or not... It was a confidence boost. And I think when you're starting off as an artist, that's all you really need."
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