Lee Godie

CARL HAMMER GALLERY

740 North Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654 312.266.8512  fax 312.266.8510

May 8 to 11

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LEE GODIE

Steve Kagan

Lee Godie (Holding Rolled Canvases)

1985

Silver Gelatin Print

Edition 1 of 25

17 1/8 x 20 7/8 inches

LGSK 2

 

 

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Women (Out of Space) (Woman in red with red eyelashes)

Paint and Ballpoint Pen on Canvas

18 x 18 inches

LGBS 6

The Seagull (Pink Seagulls)

Paint and Pen on Canvas

18 x 19 inches

LGBS 11

Miss Gibbson (sic) (Gibson Girl in Profile)

Ballpoint Pen on Canvas

18 x 15 7/8 inches

LGBS 15

 

Untitled (Lady in Hat with Long Hair)

Pen on canvas

18 x 17 inches

LGBS 2

Untitled (Male)
Mi x ed media
23 x 31 inches
CHG 217

Egyptian Girls
Mi x ed media on canvas
35 x 20 inches
LG 157

Untitled (2 rust-colored branches)

Pen, watercolor on canvas

17 x 49 inches

LG 71

Double Male Portrait

Pen, watercolor on canvas

22 x 29 inches

LG120

A Bi-Centennial

Oil on canvas

26 x 22 inches

c. 1976

LG182

 Daisies (Lavendare (sic) Background)

Oil on canvas, shellac finish (with photo booth picture)

20 x 42 inches

c. 1978

LG194

Sweet Si x teen

Chalk and pen on paper

38 x 25 inches

c. 1978

LG195

Girl in Orange

18 x 19 inches

LG220

Male portrait

Pen on canvas

26 x 15 inches

LG121

Green Twigs

Pen, watercoloroncanvas

18 x 25 inches

c. 1970s

LG126

ValentineF ace

Pen, crayon on canvas

50 x 38 inches

CHG216(formerlyG-4)

 

 

In  1968, a French Impressionist artist appeared on the stairway of the Art Institute of Chicago.  At the entrance to the city's most esteemed art institution, Lee Godie began to sell her canvases - paintings which she compared favorably with Cezanne's.  The term "French Impressionist" was abruptly updated.   Godie's paintings concurrently captured the face of the city and the persona of its dwellers.  The John Hancock Tower became an icon for Chicago.  Birds, leaves, twigs, and insects symbolized the natural world, which Godie ingeniously inhabited in the heart of the city. Her distilled impressions and perception captivated countless artists, collectors, and casual observers - the subjects of many of her portraits.  As intentionally as she became a French Impressionist, Lee Godie became a famous artist.

 

Thousands of paintings later, Lee Godie the famous artist has had gallery e x hibitions and museum shows.  She has become an icon in the Chicago art world.  With her art successfully, with compromise to nothing- the weather, the art world, or any social conventions.   Though some have pondered the orientation of her sanity, few would question her impact as an artist in the city.  Perhaps as powerful as her paintings, Godie's tenacious originality has continually reminded artists, collectors, and casual observers that life and art can be invented, and not merely emulated.

 

Lee Godie has maintained an aura of privacy regarding the facts of her life.  When asked about her birth date, she replied "I don't celebrate my birthday, I celebrate my status as an artist." 

1968

1968

1976

1968-1990

1991

1993

1993

1994

The chronology of her life as an artist follows:  

 

Lee Godie appears on the steps of The Art Institute of Chicago

Godie's paintings included in Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

The artist resides on and around the streets of Chicago, selling her paintings nearly every day

Lee Godie: Drawings and Paintings, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

Lee Godie: French Impressionist, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

Artist- Lee Godie, A 20 Year Retrospective, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Lee Godie passes away

 

Lee Godie Photographs

 

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