Annie Lee began painting at the ripe old age of ten, winning her first competition during that very year. Her accomplishments continued throughout her teens culminating in an offer of a four-year scholarship at Northwestern University. Though she declined that scholarship, Annie Lee did return to the study of art at Mundelein College. This was after producing two wonderful children, enduring the grief of being widowed twice and having celebrated 40 birthdays. Ms. Lee also studied at the American Academy of Art and earned her Master of Education degree from Loyola University.
Ms. Lee’s art reflects her remarkable ability to observe and draw life as she sees it, combining the elements of humor, satire and realism to relay those observations to us. As a result, her work has been internationally acclaimed and warmly received by not only the African-American culture, but also by art lovers everywhere. Ms. Lee’s paintings of African-American family life are sold thorughout the U.S. and Europe. Her works have been shown in hit TV shows such as “Hanging with Mr. Cooper”, “227”, “Amen”, “ER”, “A Different World” and in Eddie Murphy’s movies “Coming to America” and “Boomerang.”
“I‘d come in from work and I’d paint from seven in the–I’d get in maybe about 5:30 from the railroad and I’d start painting at maybe 6:00. And I’d paint ’til 3:00 in the morning every day, all day.”
The Sass ‘n Class Collection
This collection of resin figurines re-created from her canvas paintings has been an outstanding success. Each figurine has captured the essence of her artwork, equally full of humor, satire, and life. Her trademarks are the animated emotion of the personalities in the artwork and the faces which are painted without features! This allows collectors to “feel” the scene and interject their own personalities into the work. this unique collection is of the highest workmanship, and with optimism, joy. and tenderness depicts life and events which are all a part of the human experience.
Solo! West End
720 S. Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29601