Lee Wybranski is one of the premier artists working in golf today. He has been commissioned to create drawings and paintings for the finest clubs and organizations in the game. These include many marquee clubs globally, including Cypress Point Club, Pine Valley Golf Club, and The Old Course at St Andrews. In addition, Lee works annually for the game’s governing bodies, creating classic, collectible work on behalf of The R & R&A, PGA of America, and the United States Golf Association. Lee’s original artwork hangs in the homes of Major Champions and some of the finest clubs in the game, and his posters hang in thousands of homes and offices around the world. Lee works in a variety of media, and his work is known to tell a story and capture the emotions and atmosphere surrounding an event or venue. His timeless aesthetic evokes emotion and memory in each painting.
I have been a professional artist since graduating from college and have been making pictures for as long as I can remember. I lived in comic books as a kid and my first drawings were of most boys’ heroes – Spiderman, Batman, Captain America. As I grew older, my subjects shifted with my interests and I began to draw sports stars and musicians. I’m not sure how many pictures I did of the Beatles but eventually I could draw John Lennon from memory.
At 18, after years of doing it for fun, I eventually decided to pursue art at Syracuse University. I survived the typical missteps of art school and graduated determined to make a living by making images. My first years as a professional artist consisted mainly of architectural drawings of private homes and institutions on Philadelphia’s Main Line. Eventually, we showed this portfolio to golf and country clubs which led to my first project in golf, a pen & ink portrait of Winged Foot’s famous Clifford Wendehack clubhouse. This work in turn led me to create drawings and paintings for some of the best clubs in the Northeast, including Saucon Valley CC, The National Golf Links of America, Ridgewood CC and Caves Valley GC.
Within a a year I had started to play and read all I could about the game and I became hooked. Soon after, I created my first event poster for the 2001 Senior PGA, rebranded the 100 year old Atlantic City CC, and began working with the USGA, designing the official logos for the U.S. Open. Fortunately for me, golf has a rich tradition of literature and art and I was uniquely positioned to contribute to this heritage. Our studio now works with the greatest organizations and venues in the game, creating bold and timeless imagery for an enthusiastic audience that continues to grow each year. My original paintings hang on the walls of many great clubs and tour players, from Justin Rose to Rory McIlroy to Jordan Spieth, and my championship posters have found happy homes all around the world. Over the last year, we have expanded our portfolio and have added the NBA, Keeneland and The Miami Open Tennis as clients.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS
I come from a career in athletics and spent the last seven years coaching collegiate basketball before joining the studio in 2015. A chief strength of mine is driving people to be their best and organizing efforts to make them more effective.
My work in the studio involves managing all of our internal and external operations. I specifically focus on our development, fulfillment, website and online presence, as well as Lee’s appearances in broadcast and print media. My law degree has also proven beneficial for contract writing and filing copyrights.
My skills and experience are a combination of creative and organizational abilities and I am directly involved with all art production that occurs in the studio. In broad terms, I work with Lee in developing preliminary sketches and concepts. I have a hand on all logo design projects that come through our door. I assist with the painting of the final artwork and I manage the output of all of our digital fine art. I also work with the team on our large fulfillment projects and manage our product onsite at the major championships.
I am a 2019 graduate from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. I joined Lee’s firm as an assistant graphic designer to help in all aspects of our design services. My education in design and my background in marketing and social media has allowed me to step right in for an immediate impact.
I have personally studied art for over 10 years and have a passion for illustration and animation. My formal computer training, combined with my adaptive and creative nature, allows me to assist in more technical areas and provide modern solutions to help the business grow further. I hope to improve myself as an artist while working under Lee and increase my potential in this field.