Owen R. Lee (1918-2003) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Owen Lee was born in Christchurch where he attended the Canterbury University School of Art from 1933-39 studying under Cecil Kelly and Archibald Nicoll.

He first started painting with his older brother William H Lee who encouraged and supported Owen through University. He would ride out into the country around Christchurch on the back of William's bicyle and they would both paint. William was Owen's first art teacher and bought him his first paints.

Owen Lee spent a large part of his life in the North Island, living nine years in Cambridge and 18 years in Auckland, where he was head of art at Takapuna Grammar School.

From there he moved south joining the Dunedin Art School. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Trampers on the Port Hills, 1937
Highest Price:
Trampers on the Port Hills, 1937
Oil on canvas laid on board, 84 x 128 cm
The Peter Keeeton Estate Collection, Dunbar Sloane, Wellington.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings18977A$16,178 N/A
Works on Paper7926A$1,327 N/A
Prints & Graphics30A$252 N/A
Objects11A$684 N/A

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