Lee Reynolds Burr
Birth Date: 1936
Death Date: 2017
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Lee Reynolds Burr was raised in Los Angeles, California, and he earned his BFA from the University of Southern California. After graduating from college, Burr enlisted in the U.S. Army until he was honorably discharged in 1956. Upon completion of his military career, Burr moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time career in painting. Using a small loan from his mother, Burr founded his own art business entitled Vanguard Studios in Beverly Hills, California. His vision was to provide original oil paintings to individuals in the community who previously could not afford fine art. To implement this vision, Burr created original compositions that were then reproduced by a team of handpicked artists in an assembly line fashion. Burr’s business was successful, and Vanguard Studios became the leading national designer and manufacturer of wall decor. Burr himself created nearly two hundred original paintings and sculptures during his lifetime, and some of his popular compositions include images of ships at sea against an emerald sky. Later in his career, Burr favored modernism, and his abstract prints feature organic shapes and a generous use of vibrant color. To distinguish his original works, Burr left his fingerprint next to his full signature when he completed his paintings.