Wood, steel nails & stone
Whether the final context is an interior space or an outdoor public space, deep within each of Lee’s artworks is an inherent questioning of the roots of sculptural form, its function and its role in the natural world.
Fundamental to the artist’s process is an intuitive response to natural materials. Allowing his hand to be guided by the essence of his chosen medium, he demonstrates an acute awareness of the human desire to control and manipulate. Unmistakeable in Lee’s art is his imaginative approach to the multifaceted potential of raw materials, and a belief that art is a product of labour and meticulous craft.
Example works & projects
About the Artist
Jaehyo Lee is a Korean artist, based in Korea. Since graduating in 1992 with a BFA from Hong-Ik University, he has gained enormous international acclaim. In 1998, he was the Grand Prize winner at the Osaka Triennial, in 2002 the recipient of the prestigious Sculpture in Woodland commission in Ireland, and was won the Young Artist of the Day award presented by South Korea's Ministry of Culture.
Lee is a leading Asian artist, exhibiting solo worldwide: from London to New York, Mexico to Japan. Group exhibits have included the Saatchi Gallery and Triennale di Milano, and his work has been shown in Paris, Dubai, San Francisco, Hong Kong, among many others. Highly collectable, Lee is in the permanent collections of institutions such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea) and Cornell University Museum (USA). Hotel brands like Park Hyatt and Marriott have commissioned him for locations as widespread as Switzerland, Australia, China and the UAE, and he has completed public art projects such as the EMAAR Building (Dubai) and the Bank of Taiwan.