The Liverpool Academy of Arts

Artwork by Lee Booth

Lee Booth is a Merseyside born artist who has spent most of his life living and working in Liverpool. He studied art in Coventry during the late 70's and early 80's. After finishing Art College in 1981 he worked in Coventry Canal Basin Warehouse for 2 years producing mainly 3D and installation work (see photos). During this time he exhibited extensively, including exhibitions at the Coventry City Museum, Coventry University, and at the Icon Gallery in Birmingham.

In 1983, Lee moved back to Liverpool and joined the Bridewell Studios and later became a studio director. The Bridewell boasted several famous Liverpool artists including Adrian Henri and Arthur Dooley. Lee feels privileged to have shared studio space and to have exhibited alongside them.

Lee Booth From 1984 till 1990, he worked as a self-employed signwriter and graphic artist. During this time he produced a lot of shop signs, posters and vehicle markings using traditional hand-painted techniques, passed on from his father. His most significant piece of work was restoring the livery markings on the Higson Dray in time for the revived 1987 Liverpool May Horse Parade.

In the late 80's and early 90's, the development of new technology (vinyl lettering and Perspex) made hand painted signs unfashionable and almost obsolete. Nowadays hand lettering has gained recognition as an art form in itself.

With the demise of sign writing and a young family to support, Lee re-trained as a teacher and works in a local school to this day. By 2008, he began painting again and persuaded by his family to exhibit a painting in a Headspace group exhibition at the Egg Cafe. Since then, he has been exhibiting regularly in group exhibitions at the Egg Cafe. Lee has now produced enough work to put on his own show here at the Liverpool Academy of Arts.

Much of the work Lee did in the 80's was part of an on-going expanding installation, compromising of sculpture, drawings and photography. Much of it was destroyed surviving only in photographs, slides, drawings, annotated sketches and notes. His work delicately balances form and function to ensure both the visual appearance and the functional purpose of the work are kept intact.

The work Lee has produced since 2008, are either paintings or drawings. He has used the fragments left from his older work as a starting point to see where they lead. His work can be totally spontaneous, whilst other times it is pre-planned. Often, his work is a mixture of both and sometimes develops in unexpected directions.

You can find out more about him by visiting his web site. Just click on the image of Lee on the right above.

The Exhibition will be open to the public from the 19th to the 30th May, Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 til 4pm.

Just click on the image below to see a panorama of his exhibition.


Below are images of Lee's works from the exhibition. Just click on them to see them full size in our viewer.

Untitled 3

Untitled 3

Pencil on Cartridge Paper

Height: 27.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£190

The Bicychologists

The Bicychologists

Gouache on Canvas triptych

Height: 31.5 inches; Width: 78.5 inches;

£590

Compressed and Tense

Compressed and Tense

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Height: 23.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£290

Viewing Aid 2

Viewing Aid 2

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Height: 23.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£290

A Piece of Time

A Piece of Time

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Height: 23.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£290

The Book of Recipes

The Book of Recipes

Felt-tip Pen on Cartridge Paper

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£190

Scared of Dead Horses

Scared of Dead Horses

Felt-tip Pen on Cartridge Paper

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£190

Closure

Closure

Oil on Canvas

Height: 48 inches; Width: 71.5 inches;

£950

You are Killing Me!

You are Killing Me!

Felt-tip Pen on Cartridge Paper

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£190

The Correspondents

The Correspondents

Oil on Canvas

Height: 23.5 inches; Width: 40.5 inches;

£450

The Circumscriber

The Circumscriber

Pencil on Cartridge Paper

Height: 27.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£190

The Tea Genius

The Tea Genius

Pencil on Cartridge Paper

Height: 27.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£190

	Connecting Further

Connecting Further

Oil on Canvas

Height: 47 inches; Width: 31.5 inches;

£790

The Magnifier

The Magnifier

Oil on Canvas

Height: 31.5 inches; Width: 23.5 inches;

£350

	The Beer Drinker

The Beer Drinker

Oil on Canvas

Height: 31.5 inches; Width: 23.5 inches;

£350

	Straight on to Canvas

Straight on to Canvas

Oil on Canvas

Height: 44.5 inches; Width: 30 inches;

£590

	Making Connections

Making Connections

Oil on Canvas

Height: 48 inches; Width: 74 inches;

£950

	Dancing in Shadows

Dancing in Shadows

Felt-tip Pen on Cartridge Paper

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£190

	Early Evolution

Early Evolution

Oil Pastel on Cartridge Paper

Height: 27.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£190

In Memory of Sedentary Animals

In Memory of Sedentary Animals

Oil on Canvas

Height: 48 inches; Width: 35.5 inches;

£390

Friends in Armchairs

Friends in Armchairs

Gouache on Canvas

Height: 23.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£120

	Man in an Armchair

Man in an Armchair

Gouache on Canvas

Height: 20 inches; Width: 16 inches;

£90

	Beer Drinking Apparatus

Beer Drinking Apparatus

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Height: 23.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£290

Things on Different Levels

Things on Different Levels

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Height: 23.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£290

Viewing Aid 1

Viewing Aid 1

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Height: 23.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£290

	Killing Dead Horses

Killing Dead Horses

Felt-tip Pen on Cartridge Paper

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£190

	Malachite Man

Malachite Man

Oil on Canvas

Height: 48 inches; Width: 30 inches;

£390

In the Glorious Memory of Passionate Animals

In the Glorious Memory of Passionate Animals

A4 Print

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£140

Study for Closure

Study for Closure

Print and Acrylic on Canvas

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£250

The Hand that Turns the Wheel Round

The Hand that Turns the Wheel Round

Felt-tip Pen on Cartridge Paper

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£190

Untitled 2

Untitled 2

Pencil on Cartridge Paper

Height: 27.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£190

Compressed and Tense 3

Compressed and Tense 3

Pencil on Cartridge Paper

Height: 27.5 inches; Width: 19.5 inches;

£190

Plotting What’s Next

Plotting What’s Next

Oil on Canvas

Height: 47 inches; Width: 31.5 inches;

£790

the Mark Maker

the Mark Maker

Oil on Canvas

Height: 31.5 inches; Width: 23.5 inches;

£350

The Cultivator

The Cultivator

Oil on Canvas

Height: 31.5 inches; Width: 23.5 inches;

£350

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Oil on Canvas

Height: 29.5 inches; Width: 29.5 inches;

£320

This Glass Bottle!

This Glass Bottle!

Felt-tip Pen on Cartridge Paper

Height: 19.5 inches; Width: 15.5 inches;

£190

An Inclined Figure

An Inclined Figure

by

Lee Booth

Height: 40 inches; Width: 30 inches;

P.O.A.

The Portable Gallery

The Portable Gallery

by

Lee Booth

Height: 20 inches; Width: 20 inches;

P.O.A.

Allegory of the Lamp

Allegory of the Lamp

by

Lee Booth

Oil on Board

Height: 20 inches; Width: 14 inches;

£350