Who Is Lee Reynolds?

Lee Reynolds was the name signed on the painting produced at Vanguard Studios in the 1960s. Lee Reynolds Burr, a Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California, did not produce the majority of the works that came out then; he simply allowed the production artists who created reproduction and mass pieces to use the name as a trade name.

The Vanguard Studio produced decorative art, which was meant to fill the niche of attractive art desired by the middle class. The addition of an actual signature made the pieces look more desirable. Burr and a few other artists created original paintings, but these were then mass reproduced by the production painters, including interpretations that were vastly different from the original.