Jae-heon Lee -
: Jae-heon Lee

We are shown horrifying images, in which people are hurt or under duress, but we are given no further information about the individuals pictured in Jae-heon Lee’s work. The consistent and enduring conceit is terror. He means to have his paintings act as exposés of the psychic states of his characters. As Jae-heon develops his practice, many inspirations feed it—including the philosophies of mind and body expressed by Gilles Deleuze—but they all tie to one overarching concept of an inherent dualism of the human self that reveals itself in experiences. Born in Ulgin, South Korea, Jae-heon Lee now lives and works in Seoul. He received his BFA and MFA in painting from Seoul National University. He had one-person and group exhibitions at Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, in 2009; Busan Museum of Art, Busan, in 2011; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, in 2011; Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonbuk, in 2011; Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, in 2012; Arko Art Center, Seoul, in 2012; and Shin Gallery, New York, in 2013.