This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Las Vegas artist Lee Lanier (whose show, “Bold & Beautiful” is at the Sahara West Library through March 5). In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Lee talks about his transition from full-time computer animation to seriously pursuing painting; moving to Boulder City to start a new life; co-founding the Dam Short Film Festival, (which opens February 10); the challenge of films to focus on story rather that just visual elements; how he approaches his art; and how his current exhibit features augmented reality.
Lee Lanier is a contemporary figurative and narrative painter who lives in Boulder City, Nevada and paints in Las Vegas. His paintings breathe new life into historical, literary, and mythological characters.
His recent paintings are large, complex, and full of symbolic detail. Stylistically, he fuses Renaissance tableau and 20th centurv advertising illustration.
Lee has worked professionally as an animator for more than 30 years, spending time at Walt Disney Studios and DreamWorks. He directed and animated a series of avant-garde short films that have screened at 200 film festivals, museums, and galleries worldwide.
He co-founded the Dam Short Film Festival, which opens February 10.