Los Angeles-based artist, Joseph Lee, creates vivid, eye-popping portraits that aim to show both external likeness and the complexities of human emotion beneath. Intensely engaging facial expressions are sometimes paired with baser writing to remind the viewer to stay light-hearted about the piece. A self-taught artist, Lee came from the acting industry and began painted in his free-time as an outlet from the politics of his industry. The paintings exhibit Lee’s acting background as is evident in his obsession with emotional expression.
At 27, Joseph says he continues to explore his never-ending fascination of true and primal emotions behind societal “masks”. He has been sought out to do commissions for NIKE & Floyd Mayweather’s TMT as well as private commissions throughout the world. [h/t emptykingdom.com]