Sadie Lee's imaginative paintings were first bought to the wider public attention when her double portrait 'Erect' was selected for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 1992.
As well as showing in the BP Award at the National Portrait Gallery, Sadie has had several one-woman shows nationally and abroad. These include 'Venus Envy' at Manchester City Art Gallery and 'Dying Art' - Ladies of the Burlesque' at the National Portrait Gallery. This was a series of portraits of former striptease stars from the 1940’s to the 1970’s, now elderly and retired, posing in revealing costumes from their stripping past.
Her most recent project ‘And then He was a She’ consists of painted portraits of Holly Woodlawn, regarded as the world’s most famous drag queen. Holly Woodlawn was one of Andy Warhol’s Superstar drag queens and is best known as Holly, the first character in Lou Reed’s infamous hit, Walk on the Wild Side. ‘And then He was a She’ has been exhibited in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow and will travel to Berlin in October 2010.