The Bridal Party

by Lee Bogle

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  • Certificate of Authentication
  • Numbered and Signed by Artist
  • Limited Edition of 1,500 Prints
  • Offset Lithograph on Paper
  • Image Size 25 Inches Tall by 18.5 Inches Wide.
Preparation of the bridal dress can be as emotional as the ceremony itself. In "The Bridal Party" artist Lee Bogle has not only captured the quiet anticipation of the bride; he has also portrayed the wonder and pride of the younger sisters. As one carefully adds the finishing touches to the bride's headdress, the other cradles the wedding jewels with dreams and hopeful contemplation that someday it will be her own wedding day. The artist painted the original on bark paper, hand made by Native Americans. This bark is removed from the trees, washed in a stream, sun-dried and flattened with rock. This ancient process is nearly as old as the making of Egyptian papyrus. The wedding dress is an actual American Indian bridal design fashioned from deerskin that the artist acquired during his research for this piece.

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The Artist

Lee Bogle

In the life and career of Lee Bogle, an ilness that required a long recuperative period afforded him the opportunity to become well acquainted with his easel and to discover that time is a gift to be treasured.

Bogle found teaching art in junior and senior high schools a rewarding career for 20 years. "I enjoyed the drawing and painting classes, and I used those years to experiment in the classroom, so that I could pass the things I learned on to my students," he says. "At the same time, I was developing my own painting career, and in essence, working two full time jobs."

When illness struck, he was forced to take a leave of absence from the classroom for a year. "During that sabbatical, I could focus my full attention on being an artist rather than being a teacher by day and a painter by night. It was during that period that I discovered and explored techniques that I employ even today in my work," he continues.

For the past years, his hauntingly beautiful images of Native American women have intrigued a growing number of collectors who eagerly await each new release. The artist appreciates the natural world and his subjects' expressions convey an inner peace, a tranquility of the spirit.

"My studio, which is my home, is my inspiration," he comments. "Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors in, so that I feel I am part of the seasons. We live on a heavily wooded lot, and our trees are home to countless birds. Because I'm surrounded by nature, it seems natural to apply my watercolor with weeds and thistles."

Bogle's skills lie in this kind of ingenuity as well as in his technical ability. Vivid, realistic detail is juxtaposed with abstraction; media is mixed courageously to create the ultimate effect. Few artists employ such an extensive range: watercolor wash that forms the base; then charcoal, oil, pastels, airbrush, and at times even pencil all work together under his masterful direction. From this careful combination of media is achieved some of the most admired work in the contemporary art world.

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