40 years of practical study
History and Development as a Contemporary Artist
This is the place where artists usually cough up their "artist statement," that flash of stunning insight which crystallizes their intellect, inspiration, and modesty for the ages. It doesn't mean much unless someone else says it, so please see visiting dignitaries below.
But what is this obscure artist's work about? Is it real, and if so, why? Why does anyone like art anyway? Furthermore, you may ask, 'What Is Art, And What's In It For Me?'
Michael Heizer -- "I reviewed an extensive photographic file of Lee Baldwin's stained glass production, covering many years of work, and in my opinion, the works were both aesthetically and technically advanced. I look forward to seeing this work placed in public and private collections."
Fred Crafts, Eugene, OR Register-Guard -- "Lee Baldwin has created a new design idiom in contemporary art glass, with his ability to produce three-dimensional illusions and spatial relationships of forms in flat glass"
Sen Daniel K Akaka (D-HI) -- "I am delighted to have this opportunity to extend my aloha and best wishes... on the grand opening of the Ilikai Chapel... I understand that designer Lee Baldwin has incorporated spirituality, simplicity and sophistication into this beautiful sanctuary that everyone can enjoy."
Trained as a classical pianist since age 3, a jazz pianist and guitarist in later years, educated in mathematics at the University of California, Baldwin has always worked from curiosity. He prefers to develop techniques that convey a particular image, rather than learning a body of technique.
Since 1958 -- oil on canvas, conte' crayon, and constructive sculpture, glass, wood, metal.
Since 1972 -- Developed geometric stained glass lamp and sculptural forms, leading to three-dimensional effects in stained glass windows, corporate commissions in Vancouver and Hawaii, random exhibits. Baldwin's commissions and autonomous works are abstractions exploring the spatial freedom of multiplanar geometries and minimal motifs.
These days he's mostly painting semi-abstract landscapes, and working to produce giclees of earlier works as well as purely landscape renderings, an original style he calls repainted photographs.
A musician and mathematician in Ashland, Oregon, Baldwin credits these influences as suggestive of key design elements.
Baldwin is the son of the late Thomas Russell Baldwin, professor of music in the California State Colleges. Thomas Russell Baldwin received a resolution from the California State Senate after his passing in 1982.