John Lees was born in 1943 in Denville, NJ. He received his BFA and MFA from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He has been exhibiting in New York since 1977 and has been an instructor at the New York Studio School since 1988. He lives and works in upstate New York. Lees is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Fund Award; the Francis J. Greenburger Award; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant; and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant. His work can be found in a host of public institutions, most notably the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; The Kemper Collection, Kansas City, MO; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and The New Museum, New York, NY.
1943 Born in Denville, NJ
1950 Moved to Los Angeles, CA
1961-63 Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA
1963-67 Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA, B.F.A., M.F.A,.
Lives and works in New York State
A Conversation with John Lees, FIGURE/GROUND, 2013
John Lees: Exhuming the Numinous, Painting Perceptions, 2013