Biography

Singapore-based artist Jane Lee is best known for her inventive techniques and innovative use of materials. She explores the very nature of the way paintings are constructed by treating the components of a painting—stretcher, canvas, and the paint itself—in new ways.

 

The surfaces of her paintings are highly tactile and sensuous, often dimensional enough to be considered wall-based sculptures. In some cases, Lee dispenses with canvas altogether extruding acrylic paint directly onto wooden stretchers, which results in a hollow, three-dimensional object, with the paint at the bottom seemingly giving in to gravity. Many of her works appear to move: they fall, unroll, hang or slide suggesting, in the process, everyday objects (a hose, a carpet, a window).

 

Operating in a post-colonial Southeast Asian context, Lee re-examines the significance of Western painting practices while asserting her own culture. Pushing the boundaries of the medium, her work echoes the breakdown of cultural barriers in the era of globalization and affirms the universality of contemporary art.

 

Lee first came to critical attention in 2008, when her monumental installation Raw Canvas was featured in the Singapore Biennale curated by Fumio Nanjo. The installation was shown again in 2009 at the Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, as part of the Code Share: 5 Continents, 10 Biennales, 20 Artists exhibition curated by Simon Rees. Since then, Lee’s work has been showcased in Collectors’ Stage at the Singapore Art Museum in 2011 and in the Southeast Asia Platform, a curated exhibition of cutting-edge work organized by region, at Art Stage Singapore in 2014. Lee was a highlight of the yearlong exhibition Medium At Large (2014–2015), at the Singapore Art Museum, where her large-scale wall-mounted installation Status was acquired for the museum’s permanent collection. In 2015, Lee’s work was selected for Prudential Singapore Eye, one of the largest surveys of Singapore’s contemporary art to date, held at the ArtScience Museum and in the same year, she participated in Frontiers Reimagined, an exhibition of global art and an official Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale.

 

Jane Lee has won numerous awards, including a Celeste Prize for painting in 2011. She was a finalist for the 2007 Sovereign Asian Art Prize and was the first recipient of the Singapore Art Exhibition International Residency Prize in 2007. Lee has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a diploma in fashion from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries in Asia and Europe, among them the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

Born in Singapore, 1963 | Lives and works in Singapore

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
What’s caught our eye at Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central March 2017

Sundaram Tagore Gallery showed Singaporean Jane Lee’s paintings of violently syringed, dripped and spread slashes of paint.

Blouin Artinfo
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Blouin Artinfo
Dealer's Notebook: Q&A With Sundaram Tagore June 2015

Blouin Artinfo speaks with Sundaram about STG's early days; what makes a good gallerist; and which historical figure he would like to share a drink with.

Artsy
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Artsy
Sundaram Tagore’s “World Art” Fills a Venetian Palazzo May 2015

Sundaram Tagore had his first taste of the Venice Biennale as a graduate student, when a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Culture landed him in the city to study museology at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Now, 26 years on, with eponymous galleries in New York, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Tagore has returned to mount his own exhibition to run alongside the 56th Venice Biennale.

The Artling
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The Artling
Interview with Jane Lee April 2015

Internationally-renowned artist Jane Lee was recently at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute for the first part of her artist residency at the STPI workshop.

Today, Singapore
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Today, Singapore
Jane Lee in Medium at Large, Singapore Art Museum April 2014

With the National Gallery SIngapore set to open next year, it's the perfect time for Singapore Art Museum (SAM) to fully embrace its position as a space completely devoted to the story of contemporary art.

當代藝術新聞
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當代藝術新聞
吉門營房夜未眠,15間畫廊聯合國開幕,新加坡當代藝術饗宴 March 2014

在《藝術登陸新加坡》舉辦期間,大會在新加坡畫廊區-吉門營房藝術村(Gillman Barracks)精心安排了場露天派對。Sundaram Tagore畫廊正展示新加坡藝術家李綾瑄(Jane Lee)的100 Faces。 Sundaram Tagore表示,新加坡是印度,中國和印尼的三個主力市場的樞紐,和東北亞的藏家基地香港一樣有重要的地位。

Yahoo News
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Yahoo News
Growing demand for works by Singapore artists January 2014

Art Stage's Southeast Asia focus has attracted buyers keen on exploring the emerging art scene in this region, with its strong cultural heritage.

My Paper
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My Paper
Singapore woos art buyers January 2014

Singapore is taking centre stage on the global art circuit this week, as collectors descend for South-east Asia's largest art fair.

Blouin Artinfo
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Blouin Artinfo
Art Stage posits that art can't be defined by price alone January 2014

"Art Stage has always had a strong Southeast Asian focus. But it has never fallen into the category of being a regional fair because it upholds international standards of presentation, and deftly mixes Western and Asian galleries of importance," says Sundaram Tagore.

The Business Times
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The Business Times
Art Stage: Faces to watch January 2014

Ask collectors of Singapore art whose works the covet, and "Jane Lee" almost always pops up.

Designare
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Designare
Splash of Inspiration January 2014

Local artist Jane Lee spins a layered tale with her paintings.

Harper's Bazaar Singapore
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Harper's Bazaar Singapore
Jane Lee at Sundaram Tagore Gallery January 2014

We reveal which artists will be capturing your imagination at this year's Art Stage.

Blouin Artinfo
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Blouin Artinfo
Jane Lee show at Sundaram Tagore Promises to be Must-See for Jan December 2013

It's been four years since the Singaporean artist held her last solo show, but during that period Jane Lee has kept herself busy, taking her work in a new stylistic direction.

Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
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Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
500 Best Galleries Worldwide July 2013

Sundaram Tagore Gallery has been named one of the top galleries in the world by Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters magazine.

The Edge Singapore
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The Edge Singapore
Space for Art October 2012

Curator Sundaram Tagore tells Aimee Chan why the new art development at Gillman Barracks is so current and important.

ARTnews
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ARTnews
Jane Lee review August 2012

While other painters may parse pictorial or abstract traditions, the Singaporean artist Jane Lee plays with the stuff and stuffing of the painting. Employing the boldest colors—primarily reds—she uses pastry bags to build up near-sculptural agglomerations of acrylic paint.

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