Jim Lee: Super Hero Super Artist

San Diego, CA—Chuck
Jones Gallery announced today that superhero comic book artist, Jim Lee, will
be the special guest of honor at a one-man exhibition of his new graphic work
and original paintings on Thursday, July 23rd from 7 to 9 PM at 232
Fifth Avenue in the historic Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego.   Known
for his deft and exquisite drawings of Marvel
X-Men and DC Comics’ Superman & Batman
along with a host of other original characters, Mr. Lee will kick-off the 40th
anniversary of Comic-con with this
one-man exhibition of limited edition prints and original works of art.  The artist will dedicate artwork purchased at
the event. 

Jim Lee_Heroes 72dpi


Although he seemed destined to follow in his father’s professional
footsteps (a medical doctor) Lee’s enrollment in an elective art course during
his time at Princeton University (where he graduated with a degree in
Psychology in 1986) sidelined that career track as  he followed his re-awakened love of drawing
and pursued his dream of becoming a comic book illustrator.


Over the next half-dozen years, Lee’s meteoric rise as one
of the pre-eminent illustrators of comic books was propelled by his work at Marvel Comics.  There, he began working on the beloved group
of immortals, X-Men, and over the
next decade crafted them into the contemporary superheroes of the modern age of
comic books.  With their all too human
flaws powered by their superhuman abilities, X-Men are one of today’s most read comic book series.  His X-Men
is still the best-selling of all comic books with over 8 million

 For Tomorrow 72dpi


Lee’s break with Marvel came in 1992, when he and six other
artists broke away and formed their own company, Image Comics.  While with Image,
he continued to create his own group of characters and comics under the title Wildstorm.  In 1998 Lee sold Wildstorm to DC Comics
and began working on the famed DC characters, Superman and Batman &
Robin.  His brilliant line drawings, also
known as ‘pencils’ in the trade are considered some of the most dynamic and
powerful in comic book history. 

Knightwatch 72dpi


In talking about the artist's work ethic, Lee has said,
"Sometimes I wonder if we ever really improve as artists or if the nirvana
derived from completing a piece blinds us enough to love what we have created
and move on to the next piece. If we could see the work as it is, with years of
reflection in the here and now, how many images would end up in the trash
rather than on the racks?"

Batman San Prospero 72dpi


The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the heart of San Diego’s
historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Ave., is the destination for art
collectors and visitors from around the world. 
Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the
art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the
only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from
all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition
fine art from a variety of internationally known artists and photographers
whose work is entertainment related.  For
more information please call the gallery at 888-294-9880.  

3 thoughts on “Jim Lee: Super Hero Super Artist

  1. Wyman Brent

    I think it is really cool that the Chuck Jones Gallery is helping to introduce great artists like Jim Lee to an ever wider audience. He certainly deserves it. I go batty thinking of his work on Batman. 🙂 Best wishes to both Mister Lee and Chuck Jones Gallery!


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