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Timothy Hon Hung Lee Biography

Born in the UK in 1983, but of Chinese descent, Lee received a BA in Fine Art Painting from the University of Leeds in 2006.

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At a glance Lee’s work could be described as a mixture of still life and portraiture, however these terms fail to accurately describe the nature of his paintings. Using traditional Asian mediums such as ink and rice paper, his practice aims to question the capacity of still life and portraiture to convey meaning.

The works are constructs of the artists imagination and memory and focus on the sensations of the subject, or object, rather than relying on visual mimesis. Lee’s paintings contain contrary themes, with life, death, beauty and decay co-existing in his works. Therefore the paintings are paradoxical in nature and are ultimately a meditation on the futility and absurdity of the human condition. This is poignantly revealed in the tension between the fragility of the rice paper and his often-violent paint application. 

Lee’s recent solo exhibitions including Nihilphilia, Cock n Bull Gallery, London (2014), Visitations, 9 Club Row Gallery, London (2013) and You were born with a light between your eyes, I was born to answer to your sun, Gallery Nine 5, New York (2011). Selected group exhibitions include Winter Open, the Florence Trust, London (2015), Spring Fever, Saatchi Gallery, London (2014) and The Other Art Fair, London (2012). The artist has recently completed a year long residency at the Florence Trust, London.

Christine Park Gallery will present Lee's works at Art Central Hong Kong in March 2016, as well as his solo exhibition in its London Gallery in 2016.

He lives and works in London.

Timothy Hon Hung Lee Featured Artworks

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Oxymoron by Timothy Hon Hung Lee contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Timothy Hon Hung Lee Oxymoron, 2021 Ink on xuan paper
48 x 30 cm
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As Though The Self Was A Thing I Could Help by Timothy Hon Hung Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Timothy Hon Hung Lee As Though The Self Was A Thing I Could Help, 2021 Ink on Xuan paper
58 x 48 cm
Karin Weber Gallery Contact Gallery
And It Drew A Figure Of Ape by Timothy Hon Hung Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Timothy Hon Hung Lee And It Drew A Figure Of Ape, 2021 Ink on xuan paper
72 x 50 cm
Karin Weber Gallery Contact Gallery
The Void Drones Longingly by Timothy Hon Hung Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Timothy Hon Hung Lee The Void Drones Longingly, 2016 Ink on xuan paper, aluminum panel
40 x 30 cm
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Still Pouring Sutras Over My Tabula Rasa by Timothy Hon Hung Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Timothy Hon Hung Lee Still Pouring Sutras Over My Tabula Rasa, 2021 Ink on xuan paper, aluminum panel
80 x 50 cm
Karin Weber Gallery Contact Gallery
Still Life 2 by Timothy Hon Hung Lee contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Timothy Hon Hung Lee Still Life 2, 2019 Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm
Karin Weber Gallery Contact Gallery
Still Life 1 by Timothy Hon Hung Lee contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Timothy Hon Hung Lee Still Life 1, 2019 Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm
Karin Weber Gallery Contact Gallery
Mu Dynasty by Timothy Hon Hung Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Timothy Hon Hung Lee Mu Dynasty, 2020 Ink on xuan paper, aluminum panel
116 x 84 cm
Karin Weber Gallery Contact Gallery
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