Arthur Kwon Lee
Arthur Kwon Lee is a Korean American visual artist born in Washington, DC. He is best known
for capturing archetypal imagery through a combination of historical figures and cultural
mythologies across the globe - his paintings can be described as a marriage of psychoanalytical
thinking and Fauvism. Lee has exhibited and been awarded by the George Washington
University, the Overseas National Institute and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, to name only a few.
Arthur Kwon Lee is obsessed with capturing the duality in human nature. His paintings often
stack themes that appear contradictory at first glance but when looked upon in depth breathe an
honest attempt to animate the deepest convictions of our collective unconscious. His paintings
are by nature intense with a myriad of philosophical undertones. In a time where Western culture
attempts to deconstruct all things traditional and masculine with its praise of postmodernism,
Lee’s work stands in budding contrast to the very thought.
His work was first published in the Washington Korea Times when he was only 9 years of age
after entering a high school National Art contest under an older alias to which he took the Grand
Prize. Before this love of painting, Arthur Kwon was a Division One ranked athlete winning
Bronze in the US Tae Kwon Do Nationals for 3 consecutive years. The intensity Arthur
experienced at this time of his life continues through his artwork, the scale and the diversity of
dynamic brushstrokes he produces tells the story of a man who needs to use his entire body when
painting. He has exhibited his paintings at the Gallery of San Carpoforo in Milan, The Bullock
Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has had the honor of being the resident artist for
institutions such as McLean Project for the Arts and the Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation.
Lee's paintings are symbolically evocative whilst making oblique references to the archetypal
mythos. Luminous colors, gestural expressionism and movement have made his artwork a highly
sought object of desire and representation of our times.