b. 1990, South Korea

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Biography

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee (born 1990, South Korea), is an emerging Korean-American artist working in Brooklyn, New York, USA. His love for drawing began as a child, but his decision to pursue art professionally happened during his last year as a Biology, Drawing, and Neuroscience major at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). Drawn to the studio, and the creative process of making art, Timothy withdrew his ambitions of attending medical school and rented a studio in Williamsburg upon graduation, where he currently works.

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Hyunsoo Lee’s works are inspired by themes of social stigma, identity, psychological disorders, and more recently, of spirituality and religion. He explores these themes through a novel vector – paintings and sculptures consisting largely of cell-like marks that vary in size, color, and saturation. His works are seen as ethereal and delicate, but the extremely labor-intensive compositions, marked by intensely obsessive repetitions, quickly betray that initial perception. Exploring his own history of anxiety disorders through his art, Timothy confronts and manipulates his tics and compulsions and channels them into his works. In responding to his anxiety with art, he has developed a novel system of mind-mapping – “a cartography of his psychopathology” – to study a part of himself that initially drew him to study developmental biology and neuroscience in college.

The artist works almost exclusively in watercolour and gouache, and prefers this medium over other paints and marking systems due to watercolor’s unstable nature. Mastering watercolor primarily involves understanding the pigment’s interaction with water, and the solution’s interaction with its surface, and every application of paint will result in a different mark. Thus, watercolor prevents him from “fussing” over trivial details in his works.

Timothy’s first solo exhibition, “Traces”, was exhibited at Wook & Lattuada Gallery, New York, USA, in 2013. Since then, he has also exhibited regionally at the Scholastic Inc. Store in SoHo, 2013; at Hundred Forsyth Gallery in the LES, 2013, and internationally at York St. Mary’s in York, UK, 2013; and at the Pink Art Fair in Seoul, South Korea, 2014. He been honored by organizations such as the Aesthetica Art Prize, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and the National YoungArts Foundation. Timothy was the 2014 recipient of the VSA Emerging Young Artist Award given by the Kennedy Center (Washington DC, USA), as well as the International Emerging Artist Award in Dubai.

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Featured Artworks

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Murmuration V by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Murmuration V, 2021 Watercolour on paper
58 x 76 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Sad Boy II by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Sad Boy II, 2021 Gold leaf, gold paint, artist tape on paper
71 x 56 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Sad Boy I by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Sad Boy I, 2021 Gold leaf, gold paint, artist tape on paper
71 x 56 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Traces VIII (Baccarat Red) by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Traces VIII (Baccarat Red), 2020 Watercolour and 24kt gold leaf on paper
71 x 56.5 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Traces II by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemporary artwork painting
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Traces II, 2019 Watercolour on paper, unique
95 x 105 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Traces IV by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemporary artwork painting
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Traces IV, 2019 Watercolour on paper
130 x 95 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Traces II by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemporary artwork works on paper
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Traces II, 2019 Watercolour on paper
105 x 95 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Mitosis (Finding the light) IV by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemporary artwork works on paper
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Mitosis (Finding the light) IV, 2019 Watercolour and gold leaf on paper
131 x 95 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Recent Exhibitions

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