Spotlight London-based artist Kyungseo Lee
Christine says: “As a gallerist, it is one of the luckiest moments to encounter an expression that is unfamiliar to my eyes. I can recall vividly when I visited Kyungseo Lee’s studio for the first time. I was so excited, like a bee that’s spotted the bouquet flower that night.
“I am proud that I curated her first solo show, ‘Love me/Love Me Not’, at my gallery in 2021, and here comes another proud moment for me to champion her.”
Christine says: “Despite the fact that the human body is an integral component of the artist’s practice, I like to call her painting a mental portrait. She portrays her contemplation of deeper layers of interiority in a spontaneous manner and accomplishes the final scene as a mixture of something hidden and something revealed after all. Each painting is a container for her reflection on the act of painting while processing her emotional states. She continues to explore the possibilities created by coincidence and spontaneity.”
Kyungseo Lee adds: “Themes or ideas of my paintings actually come from outside the art world. When I find difference between my view and others in conversation, that is when I start to think about my own ideas and this becomes the motivation of my work. Also, I try not to limit myself by appreciating diverse forms of art.
“Recently, my paintings have been morphing into abstractness. This mainly connects with the sense of dislocation while settling down in London as a foreigner, during which I have occasionally experienced uncertainties. The circumstance prompted me to contemplate about my subjectivity, understanding that one is a political body; I was confused whether certain behaviour in this country should be seen as general, i.e., social custom, or if they belong to particular people, i.e., personality trait. Also, finding myself reacting to someone’s behaviour differently from the way I would in my country, my practice began to discuss the consciousness of how the individual acts within a collective societal structure.”
In addition to focusing on her upcoming degree show at the Royal College of Art in July, Kyungseo Lee will be presenting six works in the Younhi art fair with gallery INN. It’s an annual event based in Younhi to connect young and emerging artists and collectors.
About the champion
Christine Lee founded the Seoul-based contemporary gallery LKIF, which is short for Let’s Keep It Fresh, back in 2019, to help emerging artists share their unique voices. Through its independently curated exhibitions and art fair presentations, the gallery remains committed to cultivating artists in their early careers and helping to build their credibility.