Patrick Lee has met and photographed hundreds of men on the streets of America over the past decade. Like a scientist, Lee has collects images of thousands of examples of physical attributes: scars, facial hair, tattoos, body muscle, talismans, etc. His primary interest is in the artifice off masculinity; the characteristics men acquire for money, sex, power and essential survival. Using photographs, Lee draws his subjects from numerous images; as composites or masks, using subtle or often times not subtle, physical traits and features. Each image is hand drawn without Photoshop or digital assistance.
“Deadly Friends (Peckerwood)”, 2009 Graphite on paper 36 x 24 inches
“Deadly Friends (Head #18)”, 2009 Graphite on paper 36 x 24 inches
Deadly Friends (Big Top), 2010 Graphite on paper 36 x 24 inches
“Deadly Friends (East Side)”, 2011 Graphite on paper