A Muralist At Work: Anthony Lee

“Many artists understand each other, because we all know we can’t really get far without one another,” after a moment adding, “If you can make it here, it not only says something about you as an artist, but you are also giving back to the same water you drink from," says Anthony Lee.

The Work of Muralist Anthony Lee, Anthony Lee's mural at Eastern Market, Photo taken by Chris Adams
The Work of Muralist Anthony Lee, Anthony Lee's mural at Eastern Market, Photo taken by Chris Adams

Eastern Market’s Murals in the Market Festival returned after two years, hosted by 1xRUN and Eastern Market Partnership featured the mural work of Anthony Lee, a painter and illustrator who came to Detroit after growing up in the suburbs. He moved after graduation, attracted to the people of Detroit and our soul. Anthony Lee is an artist who specializes in creating sculptures that explore the relationship between people and their environment. His work often includes elements of social commentary, and he has said that his goal is to create art that makes people think about the world around them.

Included in the Cycle 8 show at the Redbull House of Art, Lee produces illustrative paintings depicting a post apocalyptic world populated by a variety of different robots searching for a new way of life. The work’s sense of loss and abandoned industrial imagery echoes the feeling of parts of the city, as does the sense of new hope and self-determination in finding solutions.

Photo taken by Chris Adams

One set is dedicated to Eastern Market’s farmers on the south and east elevations of Shed 5 –– while another set is dedicated to Eastern Market’s makers, which will be installed on the west and north elevations of the Metro Accelerator building at 1420 Adelaide. 

A few other murals will also be installed, including one dedicated to soil fertility that faces Orleans Street on a wall just south of Wilkins Street, and a re-paint of the mural on the east elevation of the building at the northwest corner of Russell and Adelaide. 

Anthony Lee, Creative Optimist 📞 3136863433 📧 hiddengatedetroit@gmail.com

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