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Il Lee

1952 Seoul, South Korea
1952: Seoul, South Korea
1976: Los Angeles, CA
1977-present: New York, NY
1976: BFA in painting from Hongik University
1982: MFA Pratt Institute
Selected Works:
SW-096, 2006, ballpoint pen on paper, 16 x 15 inches
BK-010, 2008. Ballpoint ink on paper
WR-101, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches
Northrup, JoAnne, and Edward Leffingwell. IL LEE: Ballpoint Abstractions. Exhibition catalogue, reproductions. Foreword by Susan Landauer. San Jose: San Jose Museum of Art, 2007.
Farver, Jane, Yu Jin Hwang, and Judy Kim. Faces & Facts: Contemporary Korean Art in New York. Exhibition catalogue, reproductions. New York: Korean Culture Service NY, 2009.
Il Lee’s most notable works to date have evolved from his innovative and unique ballpoint pen work on canvas. Working with line and form in acrylic and ballpoint ink, his works take on a life as investigations in process and dimension. Il Lee is based out of Brooklyn, New York and even his most recent works continue his early investigations that have evolved since his training in university. Each work is a new inquiry into negative and positive space through simple line and form. He has created an oeuvre of divergent yet cohesive works that are instantly recognizable. The richness of the ink in the ballpoint works takes something typically ordinary and alters its form to that of the extraordinary.
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