b. 1963, Singapore

Jane Lee Biography

Employing the processes of layering, tearing, rolling, weaving, and mixing paint, among others, Jane Lee reconfigures the mediums of paint and painting to create artworks that traverse the two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Many of Lee's works are characterised by their highly tactile and varied surfaces.

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Early Years

Emerging out of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, with a BFA and a diploma in fashion, Jane Lee began to garner critical attention with Raw Canvas (2008). Presented at National Gallery Singapore as part of the Singapore Biennale, Raw Canvas appears to be a monumental piece of fabric covering a wall. In reality, however, the work is made entirely of silicone, enamel, and acrylic paint that the artist manipulated into threads before weaving them together.

Artworks

The scope of Jane Lee's treatment of painting can be seen in her three 'Coming to terms with your own boundary' works from 2010. In Coming to terms with your own boundary I, she wove layers of paint into a canvas-like form, then made a void in the centre to accentuate its materiality. II consists of sculpted paint pieces that have been applied to the canvas, creating multi-faceted and textural surfaces. III is comparatively sleek—Lee cut the canvas into thin stripes and rolled them into a large coil on the wall.

Undertaking a residency at STPI, Singapore, in 2015, Jane Lee took a refreshing approach to her investigations into the materiality of paint. Freely Freely (2016)—the resulting exhibition—included works such as the 'Set Me Free' series (2015), in which paper-cut birds chained to small cages attempt to take flight. Exploring the themes of entrapment and freedom through paper-based works, Lee told Ocula Magazine in 2016 that the residency had also been 'a means of releasing myself from that entrapment' of boundaries she had imposed upon herself.

Jane Lee's concern with boundaries and boundlessness continues in later works. The Story of Canvas #1, a wall-mounted work, is a large circle comprising coils of canvas painted in shades of red that branch off into a row of smaller circles in The Story of Canvas #1a (both 2017). There is no visible distinction between the two works, but rather a fluid transition from one to the other and vice versa.

In the monumental installation Nowhere (2018), inside the City Hall Level 4 Foyer at National Gallery Singapore, Lee collapsed the physical dimensions of a given space by using reflective materials to mirror the work's environment. The title—a play on the words 'now' and 'here'—also references the fragile division between what we perceive as the past and the present.

Exhibitions:

Jane Lee has presented work in solo and group exhibitions internationally.

Solo exhibitions include It Is as It Is, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York (2019); Red States, Hong Kong Arts Centre (2018); Wall Matters, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York (2016); 100 Faces, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore (2014); Secret Garden, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo (2013); Jane Lee, Osage Gallery, Singapore (2009).

Group exhibitions include Strange Forms of Life, STPI, Singapore (2020); Women's Work: Contemporary Art from Asia and the Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore (2019); Frontiers Reimagined, Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Code Share: 5 continents, 10 biennales, 20 artists, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2009).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2021

Jane Lee Featured Artworks

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Purple Blues M1 by Jane Lee contemporary artwork painting
Jane Lee Purple Blues M1, 2022 Acrylic mixed media on fibreglass base
51 x 48 x 6 cm
TKG+ Contact Gallery
Where Is Painting #6 by Jane Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Jane Lee Where Is Painting #6, 2022 Acrylic paint and mixed media on fibreglass
105 x 105 x 8 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Contact Gallery
Painting Is #9 by Jane Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Jane Lee Painting Is #9, 2022 Acrylic paint and mixed media on fibreglass
15.5 x 15.5 x 5.5 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Contact Gallery
Painting is - ALLVIEWS by Jane Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jane Lee Painting is - ALLVIEWS, 2022 Acrylic paint and glitter
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Contact Gallery
TRUST by Jane Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Jane Lee TRUST, 2019 UV inkjet print and screenprinted collage on Maple white 350gsm paper, stacked
46.5 x 55 x 11 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
White Lie by Jane Lee contemporary artwork sculpture
Jane Lee White Lie, 2022 Mirror finish stainless steel, mirror, polyurethane paint and wood
244.5 x 122.5 x 30 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Piet Mondrian Series, Negotiation by Jane Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Jane Lee Piet Mondrian Series, Negotiation, 2020 Acrylic, cement, polyurethane fibre, concrete glue and sand
60 x 60 x 5 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
The Birds by Jane Lee contemporary artwork mixed media
Jane Lee The Birds, 2015 Video projection on coiled Mylar, stainless steel, frosted acrylic, animation: 2:09 minutes (on loop)
54 x 54 x 2.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery

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