Living in India and Pakistan for half his childhood had a formidable influence on the art of John Blee. The spiritual nature of the art of the subcontinent echoes early modernism, Kandinsky, and the roots of abstract art. Blee was fortunate to meet Rauschenberg as well as John Cage in Delhi when he was fifteen. Arriving in New York at twenty, he met Clement Greenberg, Robert Motherwell and especially Helen Frankenthaler who would become friend and mentor in an exchange of studio visits. Early on, his work was more related to landscape, a kind of in-scape, and later, his work developed more into a take on still-life but retaining its abstract nature. Bonnard, seen to great advantage in the public collections of Washington, DC, where he currently resides and paints, has an important influence on these recent works. The paintings of John Blee have been exhibited in New York (at the Andre Emmerich Gallery), in Boston, and Washington, DC. Outside of the US, his work has been shown in New Delhi, Moscow, and Paris. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Yerevan, Armenia.
Road to Aurangabad