Jim Lee received a M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. He taught printmaking, drawing and book arts at the Hartford Art School of University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, 1982 – 2020.
Landscape is at the core of his work. He often begins a series with on-site drawings, and from these develops his color reduction woodcut prints. Recent work has been based on the west coast of Ireland, Maine and Maritime Canada. He often weaves references to history, culture and legend into his work.
Jim Lee has been included in many national and international group print and artist’s book exhibitions.
His collections include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery, The Getty Art Center, The Wadsworth Athenaeum, The Boston Athenaeum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, The Guangdong Museum of Fine Arts-Chongqing, China, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Boston Public Library, The New York Public Library, University of San Francisco, and Bibliotheca Liborium Artificem, Sydney, Australia.