Hyun Jou Lee



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Jou Lee has a symbiotic relationship with her artwork. She looks for guidance from the canvas, often surprised by the finished result. She begins by applying a thick gesso, to create relief and give dimension to the piece. Jou Lee experiments with many mediums, using principally oil and encaustic. Her colour palette is extremely broad; ranging from the very organic to the brightest colours of spring: the difference depends on the story the artist is trying to tell.

Born 1965 in Korea. At age seven, she left her childhood home to attend school in Seoul. She went on to study at the Women's University in Seoul, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her thirst for discovery led her to Montreal in 1994, where she studied at the Saidye Bronfman Center. She started exhibiting locally, and has since been showing work in galleries in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Nature takes a very important place in her heart since her youth. Long time before she left to Seoul, she would spend hours and hours watching the tide as if she would never see it again. Her long walk along the seashore then provided to her rest and warmth that she has since been looking for.
The movement on the canvas is brisk as moved by a thirst for freedom still unquenched. Mmultiple forms isolated or intertwined bring a quiet and tranquil vision, the kind that would emerge after a terrible struggle between all the different forces of nature. The geometric constructions, sometimes barely visible, are then as marks of a fight where the canvas is a battlefield.


1996-1994: Studies at Saidye Bronfman Centre Art School

1992: B.F.A. (major in painting), Ewha Women's University, Seoul, South Korea



2011: Catalogue launch & Retrospective exhibition, Espace Galerie Dimension Plus, Montreal, Québec

2010: Edmund Craig Gallery, Texas, United States

2008: Galerie Robert Senneville, Sherbrooke, Canada (duo)

Edmund Craig Gallery, Texas, United States

2007: The Village Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario

2006: Galerie Clarence Gagnon, Montreal, Canada (duo)

2005: “Afternoon Confession”, Centre de créativité du Gesù, Montreal, Canada

2004: The Village Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario

2001: Arts N.D.G., Montreal, Canada (duo)

2000: Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada

1999: “Souvenirs d’Emwon”, Centre de créativité du Gesù, Montreal, Canada

1998: “Inner Emergence”, Belgo Building, Montreal, Canada


2005: Bering & James, Houston, Texas

2004: Art Corée 2004, L’Agora de la Danse, Montreal, Canada

Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada

2002: State of the Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Art Corée 2002, Galerie @1637, Montreal, Canada

2000: Art Corée 2000, Quebec’s Association of Korean Artists, La Cabossed’or, Otterburn Park, Quebec

1999: Plein Sud, Longueuil, Canada

Kamena Gallery & Frames, Edmonton, Canada

Perspectives ’99, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Canada

1993 Young Artists Festival, Baksang Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

"The wave of appearance," Seoul Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

"Feminism," Dori Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

"From today to tomorrow," Kwanboon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1992: Ba Tang Go Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Her works are part of many private collections in Canada, France, South Korea and in the United States.

Corporation: Pratt & Whitney, Canada

Public: Bae Hwa Women's High School, Seoul, South Korea


1999, May 13: "Qui sont ces ethnies? - Montreal Asian Heritage Festival"

November 2: "Lee Hyun Jou Art in Toronto," Korean Times

1999-1998: Émilie Poiret, "Espaces intérieurs," Vie des Arts, No 173, Winter 1998-99, p. 67

1998, June 3-May 28: Michelle Gagnon, "Cash & Carry Art - Act now," Hour

November 4: "Lee Hyun Jou Solo Exhibition in Montreal," Korean Times


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