Lee Sellers’ playful paintings illustrate moments in time between people in different scenarios. He often depicts groups of people, each going about their own business, which upon closer inspection show various narratives all playing out at once.
He sets scenes in a variety of settings; sometimes known locations such as London’s Piccadilly Circus, or it may be a coastal town constructed from his imagination, with boats arriving back to a busy harbour. Sellers then adds in the characters that bring the painting to life. These are sometimes purely fictious scenarios, but others are real situations he has been in. Maybe it is Sellers’ experience of working in TV as an actor himself that leads him to construct these scenes as a director would organise his cast, giving each tiny painted figure a role.
Sellers plays with the idea of the canvas as an object not just for these figures to be painted on to, but for them to interact with. Sometimes they are even armed with a paintbrush and can be seen painting a part of the scene themselves.