Eric Jiaju Lee
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Artist Statement

My work is an intersection of modern abstraction and traditional Chinese painting, where both aspire to elucidate the human experience in relation to nature through an idiosyncratic yet lyrical sensibility. With a quixotic nod to science, science fiction and scientific theories, my organic forms suggest a micro to macro continuum inherent to nature.

I incorporate a process that is both intentional and improvisational by pouring, dripping and brushing paint onto fabric ranging from raw canvas to vibrantly colored silk. While I am very familiar with painting on the conventional rectangle or square I also greatly enjoy the challenges of painting on different formats whether they are on long vertical and horizontal panels, or on circular, fan-shaped and multi-panel compositions.

With attention to the formal visual aspects of painting, I incorporate Chinese philosophical principles to inform the composition, especially with regards to the balance of positive and negative space, a representation of the Yin-Yang (passive-active) duality. I believe true mastery is to know when to paint… and when not to paint. Ultimately what I aspire to is to create compelling works of art that can be objects of contemplation and meditations on beauty.

Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2009How Chinese
2002Suchness
Works & History
2017In Your Dreams (two person exhibition), Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT
Falling Snow: Burnt Toast, Chappaqua Station, Chappaqua, NY
Safe Space, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York, NY
2016Mystic Meanderer, Silk Road Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
The Good Show, Art and Sound Gallery, Greenwich, CT
Topographies + Origins, Art and Sound Gallery, Greenwich, CT
I Believe In Ur Dream, TNC Gallery, New York, NY
Unframed, The Dineen and Hull Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
2015EXP, Michael Florio Fine Art, Greenwich, CT
L/inked, MAPSpace, Port Chester, NY
Lake10, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York, NY
2014Discreet Divinations, Gertrude White Art Gallery, Greenwich, CT
Never Leave, Never Get Back, Psychlotron, New York, NY
Twin Cities, East and West, Phoenix City Hall, Phoenix, AZ
Liberalis, Novella Gallery, New York, NY
Out With The Old… Bushwick Community Darkroom, Brooklyn, NY
2010Havoc in Heaven, Crossing Art, Queens, NY
Seeing Red, Crossing Art, Queens, NY
Emerging Patterns, 14 Maple Gallery, Morristown, NJ (Curated by Midori Yoshimoto, Ph.D.)
2009HOW CHINESE, Gallery 456, New York, NY
2008Art Asia, Gallery 456, Miami, FL
Asian Contemporary Art Fair, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, New York, NY
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, Curated by Eric C. Shiner, Deutsche Bank Wall Street Gallery, New York, NY
Painting: Process, Curated by Jacqueline Bekiaris and Maria Silvestri, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
2002Suchness, Gallery 456, New York, NY
Eric Jiaju Lee, SHMLRC Visual Arts Gallery, County College Of Morris, Randolph, NJ