Iconic Jax Artist Lee Harvey Returns to New YorkJune 10, 2012 5 comments Print Article
Easily Jacksonville's most controversial and provocative painter and philosopher king, Lee Harvey has had a few years to recharge here in J'ville. But armed with a vast new body of work, Harvey will return to New York to take on his newest project: ReMemeing the Occupy Movement on Wall Street. Join us after the Jump for a look at some of the work Lee has been doing for the past four years and a sneak peek at some of his plans for the Empire City.
Harvey has been raising eyebrows locally for more than 20 years with his rabidly sarcastic and painfully funny painting critiques of fundamentalist politics and culture. Starting with Jesusville and continuing on through his Messiah Series, he began gaining national traction and attention for his Vote Republican and Fox News Paintings (including an agonizingly embarrassing 'brickbat' from Folio Weekly who mistook his anti fascist themes as being 'anti semitic'----welcome to Jesusville!)
Since the economic crash of 2007 and the real estate and banking scandals that have unfolded daily since then, he has been working at madcap pace on his "Depression Era Paintings" which have included such series as his Marie Antoinette's, the Goldman Sachs Slave Ships, and his little seen "Russian Paintings".
Now he returns to NYC to unveil a new era of Lee Harvey Street Art: The "Fuc*(@ Made in India" series and a few things in conjunction with the Occupy Movement.
Lee Harvey has been outraging and delighting patrons of art for decades, and his new stuff seems to be the most promising yet.
You can find Lee Harvey at www.leeharveyinc.com or on Facebook (if you dare to friend him)
Lee Harvey (seated) with Depressionist Artist, Overstreet Ducasse. (rare photo of the two together)
Lee Harvey and local printing legend, Tom Pennington discussing plans for upcoming street art tools intended for NYC
Lee Harvey surveying print options with Tom Pennington.
article and photos by Stephen Dare
images by Lee Harvey