Charles Lee (1948–)
Charles Lee incorporates a range of style, and should be well received by collectors as it is very contemporary and pleasing to the eye. He works in two distinct styles, one which incorporates a naïve approach and the other which is more representational and romantic in tone.
Korean born Charles Lee is a diverse multi talented artist with a capability of creating many different types of art, from pencil drawn portraitures to tranquil painted landscapes and arresting abstracts.His most recent compositions are paintings with a raised richly-textured finish, that utilize mixed media. They are a compelling combination of traditional and neo classic.
In the execution of his designs Lee embraces oils, watercolors and acrylics. He also has a penchant for a bright and eye catching pallet (including gold foil), that demonstrates his keen sense of color; yet in spite of such vibrant imagery he presents his subjects in a calm reflective and almost ethereal way.
Working on canvas and paper, Lee reveals a knowledge and fascination with Roman, Greek and Egyptian architecture, as well as the human female form.
Figures of traditional women are often time set against neo-classical backdrops such as palaces or mansions. Columns are another element used frequently as this craftsman calls to mind memorable periods in ancient history.
"I want people to be there….to be inside of this period in time…inside those beautiful buildings", he says. Every one of his paintings is rich in the details that have become lost in much of today's art. Perhaps it is his background with the works of the great masters, Michael Angelo, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gough and Da Vinci, that has contributed to his meticulous attention to detail.Lee began showing an affinity for at in 1955 at the young age of seven. In order to home his skills he attended middle school and high school in his home town of Seoul. It was in high school that he received his first honor in art creativity: a gold medal in an international competition.He went on to graduate from a university where he majored in art and had his first personal show at the age of twenty three.
Shortly after, in the 1970's, Lee exhibited in the Hong Kong and Tokyo group shows.
The middle to latter part of the same decade brought Lee wider acclaim when he presented his second one man show and had his works displayed at the Tae Yoon and Man Kang galleries in Seoul. Subsequently, during the 1980's, while employed at the Gaius Art Studio, many of his works were exported to America.Prior to coming to America, Lee taught his techniques in Korea.
Lee arrived in the United States in the onset of the 1990's and worked with a Miami wholesaler of fine art. Today Lee shows his true talent and true versatility as an artist. His art reflects his uncompromising high standards.
He now resides in Florida with is wife and two children.