Alaskan Brown Bear with Fish, c. 2000 by Eddie Lee
Bear with Fish, c. 2000 by Eddie Lee, Washington State soapstone 6" tall by 10.5" wide by 5.25" deep
Born in 1960 in Vietnam, Eddie Lee expressed his curiosity for art as a young boy by sketching the surrounding nature. At age 18, Eddie escaped Vietnam as one of the hundreds of thousands of “Boat People” seeking refuge and a new start.
Eddie made Seattle, Washington his home. It’s there that, without the help of formal training, he discovered his sculpting ability. He explored the Northwest Coast and Alaska extensively, where he observed the native peoples’ traditions, art forms, and spiritual relationships with the natural world. Moved by Alaska’s wilderness, he was inspired to convey its beauty through his art.
Since establishing his studio in 1980, Eddie has garnered respect from art lovers and collectors worldwide. His place as one of the country’s most inspired and gifted artists is reflected in print media and TV coverage on networks such as CBS and PBS. You can also find his work displayed in a few west coast museums.
Each piece from Eddie’s studio is a one of a kind, handcrafted piece by him and his original team of artisans. These pieces reflect the strength and the spirit of the subject and draw from the symbolism and spiritual connection of generations of indigenous people who have come before us. The subject, shape, and material are an expression of Eddie’s feelings and give new life to old forms. Eddie keeps pushing the limits of his art and achievements. Ultimately, he hopes to continue to share his art for all to enjoy across the globe."