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Lindy Lee

  

Born in Brisbane, Australia in 1954 Lindy Lee currently lives and works in Sydney. Lee's practice investigates the question of ‘self' in relation to her Chinese-Australian heritage, and is often informed by the philosophies of Zen and Tao Buddhism. Her early works make reference to the Western canon of portraiture, and question the notion of authenticity in artistic practice. The use of vibrant colour is also an important aspect of these works. In her work Lee has often used imagery from her family photo albums in order to explore the experiences of loss and transition that have spanned five...


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Born in Brisbane, Australia in 1954 Lindy Lee currently lives and works in Sydney. Lee's practice investigates the question of ‘self' in relation to her Chinese-Australian heritage, and is often informed by the philosophies of Zen and Tao Buddhism. Her early works make reference to the Western canon of portraiture, and question the notion of authenticity in artistic practice. The use of vibrant colour is also an important aspect of these works.

In her work Lee has often used imagery from her family photo albums in order to explore the experiences of loss and transition that have spanned five generations of travel from China to Australia. These photographic elements have been combined with painterly wax splatters and ink spills, which refer to the ancient Chinese practice of ‘flung ink painting'. Most recently, Lee has used heavyweight paper with smoldered perforations over subtle drawings in order to further explore the theme of personal journeys, and her ‘ink splats' appear as molten bronze sculptures.

Lindy Lee has a well-established reputation in Australia, and has also enjoyed widespread international recognition exhibiting in China; Japan; Hong Kong; Singapore; Malaysia and Canada. In 1984 she graduated with a bachelor of visual art and a postgraduate diploma in painting from Sydney College of the Arts, and in 2001 she received her PhD in fine art from the University of New South Wales. Since then she has shown her work in solo exhibitions including Tales of Moonlight and Fire, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2008; Birth and Death, Cambelltown Art Centre, New South Wales, 2007; and Narrow Road to the Interior, Atrium Space, MITA, Australian High Commission, Singapore, 2003. Group exhibitions include Element, BIAC, Beijing, China, 2005; Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Montréal, Canada, 2005; Sight Seeing, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Downtown Gallery, Beijing, China, 2004; and Photography is Dead, Long Live Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1996. Lee's work is included in numerous major public and private collections throughout Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.


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