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Lee Panizza

Lee Panizza is an abstract painter interested in the philosophical questions of nature, knowledge and memory.
Lee employs structure and light to capture a beautiful disintegration and reinvention of the natural world.
Her eclectic paintings stand out for their kaleidoscopic range of shape and colour.

Lee Panizza is a painter concerned with abstraction from nature and the nature of abstraction. Born and educated in South Australia, Lee creates semi-representational paintings that reflect her interest in light and how movement manifests in nature. She captures the subtle to seismic shifts in our environment, from the interaction of colours on leaves and plant life, the sky bursting through negative space, to the gentle sway of branches.

Lee Panizza's Early Career

Lee has a degree in Fine Art Painting from the South Australian School of Art, Adelaide, South Australia. For nearly 30 years, she painted and farmed in rural Portugal, surrounded by cork, olive, pine and eucalyptus groves. Much of her work, particularly the series Flickers, is a legacy of this experience and passion for the natural world.

Style and Approach

Through the medium of oil paint, Lee explores the philosophical questions of knowledge, certainty, definition and memory. Harnessing the inherent structures found in nature and a clever interplay of light and shadow, she constructs a beautiful aesthetic of disintegration and reinvention. Rhythmic patterns emerge from fragmented sheets of colour that glide over each other, while a sense of time surfaces through shifting layers of paint and geometric impositions.

Inspiration and Exhibitions

Lee classes Bauhaus, Josef Albers, Mondrian, Jasper Johns, Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, Mel Bochner, Paul Cezanne, Gaugin, and Vermeer among her biggest stylistic influences. The semi-abstract painter has exhibited in England, Italy, Spain and beyond. Lee now works from her studio in Cornwall, UK.

Selected Works

Alarm Bells

Paintings - 100x150 cm

Feeling Jagged

Paintings - 41x41 cm

Twisted Truth

Paintings - 38x38 cm

Moonlight Staccato

Paintings - 114x146 cm

Midday Mirage

Paintings - 114x146 cm

It's All Up in the Air

Paintings - 100x100 cm

Head in the Clouds

Paintings - 94x94 cm


Paintings - 92x92 cm

In Too Deep

Paintings - 49x49 cm

Do You Dream in Colour #2

Paintings - 51x51 cm

Do You Dream in Colour #1

Paintings - 49x49 cm

A Breath of Fresh Air

Paintings - 112x137 cm

Willow Pattern #2

Paintings - 112x137 cm


Paintings - 61x61 cm


Paintings - 61x61 cm


Paintings - 110x142 cm

Copper Dazzle

Paintings - 120x100 cm


Paintings - 120x150 cm

Before the Wind

Paintings - 61x61 cm

Deja Vu

Paintings - 61x61 cm

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