Cultural Background: Mohawk/Irish, member of the Grand River Iroquois Six Nations in Oshweken, Ontario
Lee Claremont was born of Mohawk and Irish ancestry, in Woodstock,
Ontario. She is a member of the Six Nations, Oshweken, Ontario but now resides in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Lee began formal art studies at the Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC where she was encouraged to take the Fine Arts program at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Shortly after completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors, she was accepted into the Masters program. Lee continues to keep
her strong commitment to the ongoing concept of education and teaches at the En’Owkin Center, an international aboriginal college. She has led many workshops and enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of art with others.
Lee’s work is very contemporary but addresses thousands of years of spiritual beliefs and dreamtime visions. Her bold, vibrant paintings reflect her love of color and its healing powers. “Each painting becomes an incredible journey. I believe there are two worlds, the physical and the spiritual, and there is a very thin veil between them. When I am painting, I drift into the spiritual place of creativity and it is there where the images and colors are revealed to me. I become an instrument of that spirit world each time I pick up a brush and each time I choose a color. When I start my journey, I am always curious and excited to see where it will take me and the outcome is always a great mystery to me.”
Lee’s work can be found in many permanent, corporate and private collections throughout the world. She exhibits her paintings locally, nationally and internationally and her work has been published in various magazines, articles and books. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her paintings. Her commissioned work can be found on book covers, CD covers, in private homes, professional offices, wineries, businesses, and corporations. She has also produced a line of fabric using components from her paintings for the designs.
Origine Culturelle: Mohawk/Irish, member of the Grand River Iroquois Six Nations in Oshweken, Ontario
Lee Claremont, d’origine Mohawk et irlandaise, est née à Woodstock en Ontario. Elle est membre des Six-Nations de Oshweken en Ontario mais vit maintenant dans la vallée de l’Okanagan en Colombie-Britannique. Lee a commencé ses études d’art au collège de l’Okanagan à Kelowna en Colombie-Britannique ou on l’a encouragé à suivre le programme des beaux-arts de l’Université de Colombie-Britannique de Vancouver.
Peu de temps après avoir obtenu son baccalauréat des beaux-arts avec honneurs, elle a été acceptéec au sein du programme de maîtrise. Lee est fortement attachée au concept d’éducation continue et elle enseigne au centre En’Owkin, un collège aborigène international. Elle a dirigé de nombreux ateliers et aime partager son savoir et son amour de l’Art.