Korean born Charles Lee is a diverse, multi-talented artist with the capability of creating many different types of art from pencil-drawn portraits to tranquil landscapes and arresting abstracts. His most recent works are low-relief and richly textured mixed media compositions.
In the execution of his designs Lee embraces oils, watercolors, and acrylics. He also has a penchant for painting with a bright, eye catching pallet (including gold foil) that demonstrates his keen sense of color. Yet in spite of such vibrant imagery he presents his subjects in a calm and reflective – almost ethereal – way.
Working on canvas and paper, Lee reveals a knowledge and fascination with Roman, Greek, and Egyptian architecture. He is also interested in exploring the dimensions of the female form, traditionally set against neo-classical backdrops such as palaces or mansions.
He also frequently uses columns – an element of his craftsmanship that recalls classical Greek and Roman history. “I want people to be there… to be inside of this period in time… inside those beautiful buildings,” he says.
Growing up in Seoul, Korea, Lee began showing an affinity for art at the young age of seven. In high school, he received his first official artistic honor – a gold medal in an international competition. He went on to graduate from a university where he majored in art and had his first personal show at the age of twenty three. Shortly after, in the 1970s, Lee exhibited in group shows in Hong Kong and Tokyo. He presented his second one man show at the Tae Yoon and Man Kang galleries in Seoul, as well, bringing wider acclaim. Subsequently, during the 1980s, while employed at the Gaius Art Studio, many of his works were exported to America. Lee arrived in the United States in the onset of the 1990s and worked with a Miami wholesaler of fine art.
Today, Lee shows his true talent and true versatility as an artist. His art reflects his uncompromisingly high standards. He now resides in Florida with his wife and two children.