"I try to create a story of visual as well as mental thoughts, an inside look into the lives of the people of a time gone by. I enjoy the challenge of capturing shapes, textures and design, making certain my research for the costumes, characters and backgrounds are as technically correct as possible. Sometimes this requires intensive searching into libraries and museums or antique shops throughout the country."
"I try to imagine the personalities of each of the characters before I start to paint. I think of what life was like in their place and time, then I sit down and put it all together to create what I have visualized in my mind. I try to find what is best of the old and bring it to life in my art. I am fascinated by the lure of the past, another place, another way of life and I hope I can show this with a one-act, one-scene, one moment look back in time. I endeavor through my art to bring to you, the viewer, a glance into yesterday, perhaps a tranquil moment or just a gentle pause in life."
Lee Dubin paints in a Victorian style.The
second half of the 19th century has been called the positivist
age and one of the most fascinating periods in our history. It
has been an age of faith in the positive consequences of what
can be achieved through the close observation of the natural
and human realms. This attitude is reflected in Lee Dubin paintings.
The spirit of 19th
century England could be personified through Queen Victoria
and it's known as the Victorian era. It is covering the
eclectic period of 64-year reign of Queen Victoria from 1837
to 1901. Although some of Lee Dubin paintings are of a period later than 1901, her style is unmistakingly Victorian.
The faith that science and its
objective methods could solve all human problems was not
novel. The idea of human progress had been gradually maturing.
The world was truly progressing at break-neck speed, with new
inventions, ideas, and advancements - scientific, literary,
and social - developing. The middle class became self-made men
and women who reaped of profits. Prosperity brought a large
number of art consumers, with money to spend on
When most people think of the
Victorian era, high fashion, gilded age, rich with elegance,
splendor, and romance, strict etiquette, and plush or eclectic
decorating styles come to mind - but it was so much more than
that. Victorian era covers Classicism,
Classicism, with the accurate and apparently objective
description of the ordinary, observable world, was specially
viewed as the opposite of Romanticism. Paintings of the
Romantic school were focused on spontaneous expression of
emotion over reason and often depicted dramatic events in
brilliant color. Impressionism, a school of painting that
developed in the late 19th century, was characterized by
transitory visual expressions that focused on the changing
effects of light and color. Post-Impressionism was developed
as a reaction to the limitations of Impressionism. Victorian
art was shown in the full range of artistic developments, from
the development of photography to the application of new
technologies in architecture.
midst of these artistic movements, painters Dante Rossetti and
William Holman Hunt formed the Pre-Raphaelite
Brotherhood in 1848. The avant-garde artists banded
together with the common vision of recapturing the style of
painting that preceded Raphael, famed artist of the Italian Renaissance.
The brotherhood rejected the conventions of industrialized
England, especially the creative principles of art instruction
at the Royal Academy. Rather, the artists focused on painting
directly from nature, thereby producing colorful, detailed,
and almost photographic representations. The painters sought
to transform Realism with typological symbolism, by drawing on
the poetry and literature of William Shakespeare and their own