Taoism, Buddhism, and Confuoianism form the essential basis of abstract painter, Hyunmee Lee's, life and efforts. Through abstract, gestural work, Lee explores the depth of herself, and marks the journey into spiritual and cultural dimensions. Lee has been featured in museums and galleries in South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the United States. Lee's work has found international acclaim, and has been commissioned by collectors around the world.
Hyunmee Lee was born in Seoul Korea, where she grew up practicing Western Modern art with experience in Eastern painting and calligraphy. Her art practice crosses three continents and two decades.
She graduated from the College of Fine Arts at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, and then moved to Australia where she lived and studied in Sydney for six years. She completed her MA and MFA in Visual Arts at the Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney. Lee returned to Korea in 1991 to concentrate and consolidate her work as a professional artist, and also commenced her University teaching career. In 1997, Lee relocated to the United States. She was an Associate professor at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. After receiving tenure, she retired from teaching and more fully concentrated on her art.
2010 Ga,Na,Da,Ra: Native Mumbling, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2009 Inland Crossing, Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Dimensional Poetics, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT
2008 Meditative Gesture, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2008 Contact-Sensation: The Harmony of Opposites, Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Touch: Meditation Joins Gesture, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2007 Foreordained Gesture, Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Intimacy Without Restraint, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
2006 Outside Sight, Phillps Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2005 When Gesture Finds Its Power, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
2002 Mountain Armatures, Woodbury Museum, Orem, UT
2001 Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
1997 Seeing Through the Self, Moin Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1996 Seoul Art Fair, Seoul Arts Centers, Seoul, South Korea
1995 Seoul Art Fair, Seoul Arts Centers, Seoul, South Korea
1995 Unconsciousness and Gesture, Ihn Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1993 Objecthood-Intrinsic Space, Gallery Kangnam, Seoul, South Korea
1992 The Spontaneity of Space Through the Silence, Gallery Icon, Seoul, South Korea
1991 A Formative Art World of the Space-Phase, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
1991 The Dissolution of the Self, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, Australia
1990 First Face, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia