Big Head

2005
Granite
135 x 450 x 150 cm
Edition of 3

Like so many of Billy Lee’s works, Big Head alludes to figuration but is represented in simple and abstract terms. In this work Lee channels minimalism through form and shape, but the work is also infused with character and stoic presence like tribal totem poles or monumental stone clusters. Big Head has a strong, mask–like quality, like ancient Japanese or Chinese helmets, or heads of African sculptures. The figure is assimilated into the head, although the degree of distortion moves the form from a purely figurative sculpture towards an abstract composition. Lee fragments geometric and anthropomorphic forms to fuse them together in new configurations. Through an economy of form, Big Head, like many of Lee’s sculptures, uses universally recognisable forms and shapes, but places them in entirely new configurations.

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About The Artist

Billy Lee’s work is minimalist in style yet posses an anthropomorphic quality that manages to be powerful and subtle. His interests lie in a sculptural vocabulary, which he terms as visual poetry. Lee manipulates stone to create stoic sculptures that verge on the ritualistic and totemic. They are monumental in size, weight and content yet formally reductive, reminiscent of art deco architecture and bauhaus lines.

Billy Lee

Born: 1946

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