Artist

1961 Hyunmee Lee was born in Seoul Korea, where she grew up practicing Western Modern art with experience in Eastern painting and calligraphy. Her art practice crosses three continents over two decades. 1985 Lee graduated Hong-Ik University majoring in painting. At the end of that year, she moved to Australia. She stayed there for six years and achieved two post graduate degrees. 1989She exhibited in her first commercial gallery, Bonython-Meodemore Gallery, Sydney. At the same time, her work was exposed through a contemporary art book (Art Four). 1991 Hyunmee Lee earned a Master of Arts in Visual Arts (MFA) at the Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney and returned to Korea. She lived in Korea for seven years. There she taught in Hong-Ik University as a lecturer and exhibited in solo shows in major art galleries and art fairs in Seoul. 1997 Lee came to Utah, U.S.A. where she continuously taught in universities and built up her art career. 2001 She became a faculty member of Utah Valley University. 2002 Lee had her first solo show in America, called Mountain Armatures, at the Woodbury Art Museum in Orem, Utah. 2006 She showed her large scale work in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Intimacy Without Restraint. 2008 After achieving tenure, she retired from teaching and more fully concentrated on her art. She is currently working with U.S.A galleries.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My art practice crosses three continents over two decades. The works consider the images and ideas that mark my journey into the spiritual and cultural dimensions of painting as a creative activity. During a period when I have carried adventurous journeys across several different social and geographic divides, I began to search deeper for an understanding of who I am, and where I am. My paintings started to explore the idea of self as the most fundamental element of human nature; I tried to seek my identity as I examined human nature.

CV
Master of Arts in Visual Arts (MFA), the University of Sydney, Sydney
Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts (MA), the University of Sydney, Sydney
Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, Hong-Ik University, Seoul

solo exhibitions
2015   Abstract Alchemy, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York City
2014   Still Winds, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2012   Silent Gesture, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville
2011   Native Mumbling: Sori Sori, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City
2011   Native Mumbling: da da ga ga, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2011   Native Mumbling: Ma Ba Sa, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York City
2010   Native Mumbling: Ga Na Da Ra, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
2009   Inland Crossing, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2009   Dimensional Poetics, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City
2008   Meditative Gesture, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta
2008   Contact-Sensation: The Harmony of Opposites, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2008   Touch: Meditation Joins Gesture, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
2007   Foreordained Gesture, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2006   Intimacy without Restraint, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
2006   Outside Sight, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
2005   When Gesture Finds Its Power, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan
2002   Mountain Armatures, Woodbury Gallery, Orem
2001   Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, 2001
1997   Seeing Through the Self, Moin Gallery, Seoul
1997   Seoul Art Fair by Moin Gallery, Seoul Arts Centers, Seoul
1996   Seoul Art Fair by Moin Gallery, Seoul Arts Centers, Seoul
1995   Unconsciousness & Gesture, Gallery Ihn, Seoul