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MUNTHE ART MONDAY: CELIA LEES

Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do.

My name is Celia Lees. I am an abstract artist based in Toronto, Canada. My work is very intuitive and emotionally impulsive. I predominantly work on a large scale, using the motions of my body to narrate my story on the canvas. I am in constant pursuit of painting what does not exist, and what can not be said.

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Celia is wearing LUGARZO jacket

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Celia is wearing LIPA jacket

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Could you explain more about how being a woman has affected your career?

I am not sure if I can pinpoint exactly how being a woman has affected my career as an artist. However I do know that my art practice has connected me further with my body and my femininity. Painting gives me the opportunity to use the intuitive motions of my feminine body to help guide my process.

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Can you name some other female (artist) that inspires you and explain why they do so?


Stephanie Temma Hier for her sculptural genius, transformingeveryday food and objects into insane ceramics. Her subjectmatter is insanely fascinating and the way she pairs things up always surprises me in the best way possible. Additionally SophieCrichton for her understanding of colour and line like no other.She makes artwork that toys between edgy and delicate,something I always aspire to accomplish.

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What would you like people to notice in your artwork?


I would really love for people to notice the emotional intensity in my work. I often refer to my work as a visual diary, I use my work almost as therapy to express my lived experiences and misunderstood emotions.