Holter Museum of Art
Collecting Miracles: Lulu Yee
August 27 - October 31, 1999
The joys found in Lulu Yee's paintings seem to come naturally to this artist. Born in 1962 in the Bay Area to educators who loved travel, Lulu recalls a very happy childhood full of interesting characters and places. She and her siblings formed the Monkey Club as children while the family lived in Tokyo for a year. Monkeys continue to play an important role in her life and work--representing goodness and innocence. (left: A Good Deed Returned, 1998, wood, oil, gold leaf, Collection of Gilbert Millikan)
Her brother and sister went on to be a diplomat and a surgeon. "Our parents instilled in us early the importance of making a contribution to society. In my work Collecting Miracles, I am attempting to offer inspiration to others", Yee says.
Lulu received her formal art training at the San Francisco Art Institute and has been showing her work locally and internationally for the past decade. In this period she has adopted Missoula as her home base, teaching art and showing her paintings. She went on to work in the fashion industry in New York and as an Art Director in Son Francisco. (right: Crown of Forgiveness, 1998, wood, oil, gold leaf, Collection of Elizabeth Lode)
Lulu returned to Missoula after the sudden death of her mother in 1996. That loss led to the ongoing journey of interviewing people and painting their miracles. The first exhibition of Collecting Miracles was in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she lived for a year. An expanded version, Collecting Miracles II, was shown in Brussels, Belgium the following year.
The Art Museum of Missoula hosted the exhibition Collecting Miracles 111 in 1998. That show, with some new works, is touring through 2000 with the sponsorship of the Art Museum of Missoula and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association.
The miracles Lulu paints range from the everyday blessing of child taking its first steps to dramatic tales of rescue and natural disasters. "The stories that inspire me the most are the ones that show how we create our own miracles," Lulu says.
Text by Kim Anderson, Administrator, Missoula Writing Collaborative.
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