John Lees (b. 1943, Denville, New Jersey) received his BFA and MFA from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. He has been exhibiting in New York since 1977, and served as an art professor for 40 years, at institutions including the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (1988–2011), the School of Visual Arts (1987–2005), and Sarah Lawrence College (2000–2003), among others. Lees is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Fund Award; the Francis J. Greenburger Award; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant; and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant. His work can be found in a host of public institutions, most notably the Detroit Institute of Art in Michigan; The Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, MA; The Kemper Collection in Kansas City, MO; the Museum of Modern Art, and The New Museum in New York City. The artist is represented by Betty Cuningham Gallery, and lives and works in upstate New York.