exhibitions

Abstract Alchemy
(may 13 - jun 13, 2015)
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY


The beauty of Lee’s work has a potent alchemy, partly rooted in the process of transmuting paint into a substance of value – her superb recent paintings; partly in the incorporation of symbols in the form of mark making and Eastern calligraphy into her oppositional gestural work. There is a new awareness of Korean shamanism, the strength of a self in quietness, a deeply meditative ritual that brings an awakening of magical power. Lee’s paintings are glimpses of Zen. She effectively has added colors, shapes and rhythms that arise from the birds and mountains surrounding her remote studio. (from an essay by Ann Poore)
Still Winds
(aug 8 - 24, 2014)
Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Solo exhibit. Continuing to expand the possibilities of gestural painting by adding calligraphic strokes, careful geometries and Taoist “unconscious gestures,” Lee with this rich exhibition of new works explores the various possible resolutions of abstraction, particularly in showing the depth of mark making that often defines her work.
Beautiful Disaster
(aug 2 - 18, 2013)
Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Solo exhibit. Showing the new series “ Beautiful Disaster” and
“ Improvisation” with “Native Mumbling”.
- My canvas is a place to feel both emptiness and fullness.
Contrast and imbalance of shapes and lines are playful and
floating around.
Silent Gestures
(dec 17 - jan 12, 2013)
Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, Tennessee


Solo exhibit with Lee’s most recent body of work of “Native Mumbling” Series.
In these recent Silent Gesture, paintings Lee seeks to combine opposing
forces to reflect her own life, which conveys both East and West.
In her vibrant black and yellow canvases, nonrepresentational and
representational forms inspired by her roots are brought out slowly
through silent gestures.
Native Mumbling: sori sori
(dec 30 - jan 24, 2012)
Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah


Solo exhibit with “Native Mumbling” Series. “Sori” means sound, “sori sori “
delivers echoing the footsteps of Lee’s own personal journey.
Native Mumbling: da da ga ga
(jul 15 - 31, 2011)
Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Solo exhibit with “Native Mumbling” Series. The essence of this work is her individual
journey of writing meditation. “Native Mumbling” is a personal arrival to a meditative
state where the Korean letters become gestures
Native Mumbling: Ma Ba Sa
(jul 18 - jun 18, 2011)
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NY, New York


Solo exhibit with “Native Mumbling” Series.

“Gestural paintings on canvas Sound is made visible as subtle energy in Hyunmee Lee’s deceptively simple paintings. A cross pollination of traditions, combining eastern calligraphy with western gestural abstraction- Lee is grounded in the mid 20th century, yet transcends categorization in time...” (read more press release)
Native Mumbling: Ga Na Da Ra
(oct 15 - nov 11, 2010)
Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah



Solo exhibit, showing first time “Native Mumbling” Series.

“...Hyunmee Lee uses both actual Korean letters in their complete forms, as well as the gesture and essence of the letters shapes. So lovely is her ability to convey harmony on canvas, it seems effortless - there are no signs of struggle or forced effect. What results is poetry. Limiting her work to words is like describing the subtleties of a personal occurrence to a stranger.” (from an exhibit catalogue)
Inland Crossing
(aug 14 - 30, 2009)
Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


20th solo exhibit. Showing Lee's current works; “Inland Island”, “Inland Crossing” and “Contact-Sensation”. The works bring harmonious marriage of western abstraction and eastern sensibility.
Dimensional Poetics
(jan 30 - Feb 25, 2009)
Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah


Solo exhibit. Shows “Inland Island” paintings, this series engages Lee’s personal journey in three continents. “Inland Island” paintings are minimal, yet her Large canvases with bold yellow against monochromatic opposition brings energies.
Meditative Gesture
(nov 7 - dec 31, 2008)
Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Solo exhibit.
“With their open planes of luminous yellow, the Inland Island series lifts the extended metaphor of Lee’s personal journey to a more vibrant and lyrical level. The subject further alludes to her current physical environment, but now there is a life-enabling purity and lightness of touch that contrasts remarkably with the heavily grounded Mountain Armatures of six years before. The contradictory space of the dry desert sea is not set in time. Instead it is energized by a very real presence - the powerful blacks that read like close-up fragments of larger calligraphic forms...” (from an essay by Dr. Brice Adams)
exhibit scenes
Contact-Sensation: The Harmony of Opposites
(oct 10 - 26, 2008)
Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Solo exhibit.

“Combining intuitive line, nonrepresentational forms, and monochromatic spaces, Lee’s newest works are confident, eloquent, and purely Hyunmee Lee. Strong forms advance from buttery canvases like an abstract garden, while gauzy veils of paint hover like soft air against the ebony weight of matter. Light peeks through translucent shapes like sunlight illuminating through soft mist. ...” (read an essay by Courtney R. Davis)
Touch: Meditation Joins Gesture
(sep 19 - oct 30, 2008]
Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah


Solo exhibit. Showing “Dimensional Poetics”, “Contact-Sensation”, “Inland Island”, and “Seraphic Stone” Series.

“In her current exhibition, Touch, on display at the Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lee focuses on the power of the shape, asserting the desire for her work to become “more simple and bold” as “inspired by a concept of ‘freedom’ from the world” and from the artist’s own mind.” (from an essay by Courtney R. Davis)
Foreordained Gesture
(aug 3 - 19, 2007)
Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Solo exhibit with “Thousand of Roads”, “Elysian Foot”, and “Seraphic Stone” Series. The paintings in Foreordained Gesture take their inspirations from both nature and examination of the conscious and unconscious mind, and they reflect energy of Korean calligraphy.
Intimacy without Restraint
(jun 3 - jul 9, 2006)
Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah


Solo exhibit.
“Confronting the paintings of Hyunmee Lee, what impresses is their celebration of gesture and depiction of a nearly unlimited sense of space. Abstract and intuitively painterly, her aesthetic is one of immediacy perpetually seeking its own nature...” (read an essay by Jim Edwards)

exhibit scenes
Outside Sight
(mar. 17 - apr 14, 2006)
Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah


Solo exhibit. (in conjunction with “Intimacy without Restraint” exhibit in Utah Museum of Fine Arts)
When Gesture Finds Its Power
(mar 3 - apr 30, 2005)
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT Utah


Solo exhibit. Showing “Creation” and “90 Days of Improvisations” Series.
Mountain Armatures
(sep 21 - nov 15, 2002)
Woodbury Gallery, Orem, Utah


Solo exhibit. Showing “Mountain Armatures” and “San Gestures” Series.
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