Lee is the daughter of the Australian realist artist, Nutter Buzacott (1905-1976). This year, Lee curated an exhibition of her father’s work in the Lismore Regional Gallery. In this interview, Lee talks about her father’s art and her relationship with that art. A former communist and a humanist, the impression that is left is of a man who closely observed people and landscapes.
His art allows the viewer to see something of people’s real life. And I think that’s worth looking at.
Those people, in my father’s art, are not going to change the world. They’re ordinary people, in ordinary clothes, making a contribution.
I think what I’d like people to do is wonder about these people. To wonder. Why are those little kids playing cricket in that back yard? What are those Salvation Army people standing under that tree playing for? What are they hoping to get out of life? I’d just like us to wonder about them.