Lee Herring was born in Sunderland where he currently still lives. Having graduated from the University of Chester with a first-class degree and awarded the coveted University Prize, gallery representation followed fast, and he has managed to make a living out of being a full-time artist.
Lee Herring uses the everyday still life, most commonly flowers in a vase and reinvents the subject with a fresh and modern appearance. His pieces combine heavily textured oils, spray paint, varnish as well as embellishments
such as gold leaf and glow-in-the-dark glitter. Lately, Lee has given many of his still-lives a backdrop made up of geometrical shapes, changing what we typically know as a still life to be an inanimate subject matter into something abstract and full of expression.
The pieces take on a simple composition at first but are finished with much depth and complexity. Once he starts layering the piece, he adds more and more paint, scratches parts away with scrapers and the end of his paint brush. Each mark is obvious and clear but not deliberate. Some areas are left with his finger marks whilst others a reworked and removed until he reaches his happy outcome. The colours are vibrant which along with his embellishments creates a piece full of movement and life.
Lee exhibits worldwide and has a large following. His style is remains steady, but his technique and ideas change all the time. His work can be found in galleries across the UK and many private collectors across the world.