Lee Claremont, born in Woodstock, Ontario of Mohawk and Irish ancestry, is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Oshweken, Ontario, and currently resides in Kelowna, British Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) from U.B.C. (1991) and a Diploma in Fine Arts (Honors) from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1989). She was accepted into a Master’s program at U.B.C., and shares her knowledge and love of art through teaching and workshops.
From 1991 to 2003, Claremont has had over twelve one-artist shows in British Columbia, and two (1999 and 2002) in Lugano, Switzerland. She has been part of numerous group exhibitions in the Kelowna, Penticton, Seattle and Vancouver areas, and also the Wah-sa Gallery’s 2002, 03 and 04 Miniature Shows, the 2003 “Freshwater”,2004 “Mother Earth” and 2005 “Wind/Father Sky” theme shows, and the May 2004 “Contemporary” exhibition.
She participated in the Annual Juried Contemporary Aboriginal Art Exhibition in Branford, Ontario (1997, 1998, 2002) as well as the UN Conference of Women and Children in Beijing (1995) and the Woman’s Caucus of Art International Traveling Exhibition “Beijing and Beyond” in 1996-97. In May 2003, Claremont was one of seventy artists chosen from all over North America to exhibit in First Nations Art 2003 at the world-renowned Woodlands Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario. In the spring of 2005 Lee was invited to exhibit her work along with Norval Morrisseau at the Penticton Art Gallery. In conjunction with the show, she was also commissioned to do a 12’ by 23’ mural honouring Morrisseau, whose use of colour has long been an inspiration to Claremont.