Biography

Lee Waisler, a California-based American painter, creates dimensional portraits of historical and contemporary figures composed of strips of wood and blocks of color. He layers his canvases with thick pigments, followed by the addition of organic materials that hold symbolic value: sand for time, wood for life and glass for light. His range of materials creates dynamic forms and textures.

Waisler began painting in the 1960s. His earliest works were socially and politically charged, dealing with momentous historical events such as the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and the civil rights movement. Waisler’s works soon began to reflect his growing interest in Eastern philosophy, and accordingly, became increasingly abstract. It was after a journey to India in the mid-nineties that his works moved toward figuration and away from pure abstraction. He turned to portraiture full-force in 2005. His subjects include iconic individuals from many spheres, including Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Liu Xiaobo and Virginia Woolf.

Lee Waisler’s work is included in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria & Albert museum, London; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; and the Indian Museum, Calcutta.

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NY | Chelsea
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October 17 – November 16, 2013
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HONG KONG
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About Faces February 16 – March 13, 2011
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Beverly Hills
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About Faces November 7 – December 10, 2009
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NY | Chelsea
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Dimensional Portraits March 12 – April 11, 2009
Lee Waisler
Hong Kong
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Portraits and Abstractions September 11 – October 11, 2008
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Beverly Hills
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Portraits February 9 – March 8, 2008
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NY | Chelsea
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A Perfect Circle March 2 – 20, 2005
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Portraits
Crossing Boundaries
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Crossing Boundaries
The Art of Lee Waisler
South China Morning Post | Post Magazine
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South China Morning Post | Post Magazine
The Exhibitionists October 2014

Gallerist Sundaram Tagore's 2,500 sq ft Mid-Levels flat is filled with artwork that speaks volumes about his family.

資本企業家(第110期)
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資本企業家(第110期)
Sundaram Tagore 把文化藏於家中 January 2014

Sundaram Tagore 位於半山的大宅,猶如小型藝術館,當中有畫作、雕塑、在屋內各據一方,藝術家來自世界各地,以藝術創作展開跨越時空的文化對話。他已大半生的時間收藏藝術品,有籍藝術作品認識各地文化,由此為人生帶來最大的快樂。

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.

Gafencu
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Gafencu
Sundaram Tagore profile in Hong Kong's Power 300 issue December 2011

Sundaram Tagore has a distinct sense of style. That's probably just as well, bearing in mind his status as an art historian and the owner of a gallery that bears his name.

Life Style Asia
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Life Style Asia
Art & The City - About Faces by Lee Waisler March 2011

Waisler known for his socially and politically charged works deal with the Holocaust, Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. His works soon began to reflect his growing interest in Eastern philosophy, and accordingly, became increasingly abstract. It was after Waisler's journey to India in the mid-90s that his works moved toward figuration and away from pure abstraction.

Weekend Weekly
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Weekend Weekly
FEBRUARY 2011

There are about 20 portraits of famous individuals arriving at Hollywood Road painted by the American artist Lee Waisler. The subject of these paintings are distinguished people from various fields. But the most striking characteristic of these paintings is the artist's usage of mixed materials -such as wooden sticks, sand and glass onto the thick acrylic paints- to allow the painting to present a totally different texture from the traditional paintings.

Gallery Guide
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Gallery Guide
Lee Waisler - About Faces March 2011

For his second solo exhibition in Hong Kong, California-based American painter Lee Waisler presents a series of moving portraits of historical and contemporary figures. Having practiced abstraction for decades, Waisler returned to figuration full-force six years ago, making what he calls "dimensional portraits," combining strips of wood and blocks of color to create nuanced faces and figures.

Home - The Standard
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Home - The Standard
Art at Home February

In recognition of those who contributed themselves to creating a better environment for the human race, California-based American painter Lee Waisler is presenting a series of moving portraits of historical and contemporary figures in About Faces, his second solo exhibition in Hong Kong.

ARTgazine
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ARTgazine
A Vibrant Platform for Modern and Contemporary Art September 2009

"The Art section of Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair 2009 will feature exceptional works by celebrated artists in a diversity of artistic styles and media. Sundaram Tagore Gallery of New York, Beverly Hills and Hong Kong will show work that encourages a dialogue between the East and West. Featured artists include Hiroshi Senju(Japan), Sohan Qadri (India) and Kim Joon (Korea) along with Susan Weil (USA), Natvar Bhavsar (India)."

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
Let the Sun Shine On August 2009

"A Hong Kong gallery is taking an upbeat attitude by presenting major names in its exhibitions [...] Even as galleries along the city's arts and antiques hub, Hollywood Road axe show and offer fewer high-priced works to tide over the global credit crunch, Sundaram Tagore continues to showcase major pieces by the artists it represents."

Art in America
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Art in America
Lee Waisler June - July 2009

Very large close-ups of faces greeted viewers entering Lee Waisler's recent show . . . It is often said that a portrait is as much a picture of the artist as of the sitter, and through his selection Waisler implies that their collective outlook on life is indeed is own philosophic self-portrait.

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
Preview: Here and Now at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March 2009

Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.

China Daily
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China Daily
Starting with the Same Brush December 29, 2008

"...Sundaram Tagore, the great grandson of the master poet and Nobel Prize laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), has championed over the years. Contributing his share of the effort to stir up the local cultural hodgepodge, the man opened his eponymous gallery - the Sundaram Tagore Gallery - on Hollywood road in April this year."

Asian Art News
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Asian Art News
Ideas Before Commerce September/October 2008

"When Sundaram Tagore established his New York gallery in 2000, a dynamic new phase opened up in the East-West art dialogue."

Jewish Times Asia
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Jewish Times Asia
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Opens in Hong Kong July/August 2008

"Sundaram Tagore, a New York-based curator and gallerist, has announced the opening of a Hong Kong Gallery. The Gallery focuses on a dialogue between the cultures of East a West while filling the need for better representation of international art in Hong Kong."

Hong Kong Economic Times
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Hong Kong Economic Times
May 7, 2008

Sing Tao Daily
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Sing Tao Daily
May 7, 2008

"...With two other locations in New York and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Sundaram Tagore Gallery represents some of the most well known contemporary artists, such as Hiroshi Senju and Judith Murray..."

The Standard
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The Standard
Home Where Art and Heart are for Gallerist Tagore

"Tagore's Galleries in New York, Los Angeles and now Hong Kong combine visual arts with other forms such as poetry reading, dance performances, music, films and charity funding."

Asian Art News
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Asian Art News
New Openings May/June 2008

"Gallerist Sundaram Tagore said, "All these artists have spent their lives working in and exploring different Eastern and Western cultures - including India, China, Nepal, Japan, Italy, Holland and America. Together they create an incredible mosaic and foster an intercultural dialogue that reflects a diversity of thought and artistic style."

Westside Today
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Westside Today
Provacative Portraits April, 2008

"It's about finding out who these people are, and finding out who I am in the process."

Prestige
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Prestige
Art, No Commerce April 2008

"These 'philosophical discussions' are fundamental to Tagore's vision for his galleries, or 'cultural spaces' as he prefers to call them. Unlike galleries that buy and sell art solely as a monetary transaction, Tagore has a mission to create a global community of artists and foster a dialogue between Western and non-Western cultures."

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Art News Magazine India
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Art News Magazine India
Facing East: American Artists' Encounters with India August 2006

"The California artist Lee Waisler came to know both the renowned Indian philosopher J. Krishnamuri and the indophile artist Beatrice Wood, a lover of Marcel Duchamp, who inspired the character of Rose in the mainstream American film Titanic"

L Magazine
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L Magazine
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Lee Waisler: Perfect Circle March 2-15, 2005

"Waisler . . . [is] influenced by Hindu-Buddhist precepts, specifically the notion of the interrelated duality of creation and destruction."

AM New York
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AM New York
Art World Going in Circles February 25th, 2005

"Lee Waisler is an American artist with International scope. He has exhibited in museums worldwide and his work is heavily influenced by Hindu and Buddhist culture and philosophy..."

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