About Lee Dubin
"I have painted since I could first hold a paint brush. All I really ever wanted to be was an Artist." - Lee Dubin
Lee Dubin is a nationally recognized artist best know for paintings of life in the Victorian Era. A native Californian, she has a studio in Los Angeles. Lee Dubin has attended the finest art schools in California including Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute, UCLA and Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Her technique of glazing and under painting give her paintings a depth and charm which make them truly unique. Lee Dubin paintings are an experience. She captures the essence of the lives and history of a nostalgic era.
All of Art Corporation of Americas Lee Dubin prints are signed and numbered by the artist.
"I try to create a story of visual as well as mental thoughts, an inside look into the lives of the people of a time gone by. I enjoy the challenge of capturing shapes, textures and design, making certain my research for the costumes, characters and backgrounds are as technically correct as possible. Sometimes this requires intensive searching into libraries and museums or antique shops throughout the country."
"I try to imagine the personalities of each of the characters before I start to paint. I think of what life was like in their place and time, then I sit down and put it all together to create what I have visualized in my mind. I try to find what is best of the old and bring it to life in my art. I am fascinated by the lure of the past, another place, another way of life and I hope I can show this with a one-act, one-scene, one moment look back in time. I endeavor through my art to bring to you, the viewer, a glance into yesterday, perhaps a tranquil moment or just a gentle pause in life."
Lee Dubin paints in a Victorian style.The second half of the 19th century has been called the positivist age and one of the most fascinating periods in our history. It has been an age of faith in the positive consequences of what can be achieved through the close observation of the natural and human realms. This attitude is reflected in Lee Dubin paintings.
The spirit of 19th century England could be personified through Queen Victoria and it's known as the Victorian era. It is covering the eclectic period of 64-year reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. Although some of Lee Dubin paintings are of a period later than 1901, her style is unmistakingly Victorian.
The faith that science and its objective methods could solve all human problems was not novel. The idea of human progress had been gradually maturing. The world was truly progressing at break-neck speed, with new inventions, ideas, and advancements - scientific, literary, and social - developing. The middle class became self-made men and women who reaped of profits. Prosperity brought a large number of art consumers, with money to spend on art.
When most people think of the Victorian era, high fashion, gilded age, rich with elegance, splendor, and romance, strict etiquette, and plush or eclectic decorating styles come to mind - but it was so much more than that. Victorian era covers Classicism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Classicism, with the accurate and apparently objective description of the ordinary, observable world, was specially viewed as the opposite of Romanticism. Paintings of the Romantic school were focused on spontaneous expression of emotion over reason and often depicted dramatic events in brilliant color. Impressionism, a school of painting that developed in the late 19th century, was characterized by transitory visual expressions that focused on the changing effects of light and color. Post-Impressionism was developed as a reaction to the limitations of Impressionism. Victorian art was shown in the full range of artistic developments, from the development of photography to the application of new technologies in architecture.
In the midst of these artistic movements, painters Dante Rossetti and William Holman Hunt formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. The avant-garde artists banded together with the common vision of recapturing the style of painting that preceded Raphael, famed artist of the Italian Renaissance. The brotherhood rejected the conventions of industrialized England, especially the creative principles of art instruction at the Royal Academy. Rather, the artists focused on painting directly from nature, thereby producing colorful, detailed, and almost photographic representations. The painters sought to transform Realism with typological symbolism, by drawing on the poetry and literature of William Shakespeare and their own contemporaries.
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