Local artist Lee Lanier has opened his first art gallery, Lee Lanier Paints, at The Arts Factory, joining other local artists in the heart of the Arts District downtown. The gallery features more than three dozen of Lanier’s paintings, which breathe new life into historical, literary, and mythological characters.
As a contemporary figurative painter, Lanier’s acrylic on canvas art – made up of mostly empowered female images – are large, complex, and full of symbolic details. They include a range of elements from 20th century commercial illustration, Renaissance tableau, and Pop Surrealism.
Tying into his computer animation background, Lanier adds another layer to the art experience by weaving AR (Augmented Reality) into some of his work. Visitors can download the Artivive app and hover their phone over the paintings to explore the deeper meaning and symbolism in each piece. His canvases range from $40 to $50,000.
Lanier’s paintings have been showcased at 25 galleries across the United States. He has held a residency at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. While closer to home, he painted a series of public murals in both Boulder City and Las Vegas, NV.
“I have always appreciated the downtown Arts District and have wanted to be a part of it for some time,” Lanier said. “The Arts Factory is taking the upmost caution during the pandemic, doing everything in its power to protect both the gallery owners and visitors. Masks and social distancing are mandatory.”
As the city slowly opens up, The Arts Factory is a safe option for an outing with the family or solo visits. Open daily from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., individual galleries also offer appointments for private viewings.
Lee Lanier Paints is located at 107 E. Charleston Blvd. #160, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information, visit Lee Lanier Paints or follow him on Instagram at @leelanierpaints. If you are unable to visit the gallery in person, a VR (Virtual Reality) version of the gallery is available on his website for free.