DAC June 2018 Artist Spotlight - Desarae Lee and Jeffrey Hale

The Downtown Artist Collective hosts artists Jeffrey Hale and Desarae Lee for the show “Conjüring,” an art exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, and monotypes. 

Desarae Lee is a fine artist and illustrator from Salt Lake City, Utah. Her art has appeared in galleries and art shows across the US and she has won numerous awards for her work including Best of Show, Best Illustrator, and Featured Artist. She is a published author and illustrator and serves as a founding board member at Salt Lake City’s Downtown Artist Collective, where she can occasionally be found teaching drawing or printmaking. Influenced by personal trauma and struggles with depression and anxiety disorders, Desarae creates work that revolves around themes of finding humor in pain, beauty in the grotesque, and light in the darkness. As comfortable referencing geek culture as she is bearing the depths of her soul, Desarae’s work ranges in theme but is always, as she says, “an attempt to connect the hidden places in myself to the hidden places in the viewer, to somehow create a bridge of communication over the immense expanse of our differing perceptions, beliefs, and experiences.”

 Metamorphosis II © Desarae Lee

Metamorphosis II © Desarae Lee

Jeffrey Hale works as a full-time painter in his Salt Lake City studio. As a primarily self-taught artist he has worked professionally over the last decade showing in both solo and group exhibitions in galleries such as the Finch Lane Gallery and The Loge Gallery at The Pioneer Theatre Company. He is collected throughout the U.S., Prague and Vienna. Recently, Hale’s patrons have steadily increased after he announced he was entering the art market full-time. After an exciting “pop-up” solo art exhibit at Poliform SLC, Hale has been drawing attention from the architectural and fashion communities. He has been juried into the Springville Museum of Art’s State Wide Annual Salon three years in a row and has shows planned at 15th Street Gallery and David Ericson Fine Art in SLC. He recently joined the HOWA Gallery in Bountiful, Utah.

 No Spirit in the Hand © Jeffrey Hale

No Spirit in the Hand © Jeffrey Hale

“Conjüring” will be on display from June 15thto July 15thwith an opening reception held on Friday, June 15thfrom 6-9pm at the Downtown Artist Collective, 258 East 100 South in Salt Lake City.