David Choong Lee/ David Choong Youb Lee

China 1966

Abstract Art, Figurative Art, Assemblage Art

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David Choong Lee
David Choong Youb Lee
Male
China
1966

David Choong Lee is a Korean artist who combines versatile genres such as graffiti, collage, portraiture and graphic design to create an array of vibrant figurative and abstract artworks. His influences are diverse and include famous painters like Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Sukdo, but also influences from other arts such as underground music.

In a YouTube studio visit filmed in 2013 Lee talked about his studio work
David Choong Lee – Untitled

Socially-engaged Homeless People Portraits

David Choong Lee was born in Seoul, Korea in 1966. In 1993 the artist moved to the United States to study at the Academy of Art In San Francisco. It was there that he created his first portrait depicting homeless people in Tenderloin, San Francisco’s quarter where he resided while attending the University. In time he expanded his area of interest and begun to depict some of the local recognizable characters thus powerfully portraying the diversity of the city.

David Choong Lee started his career by portraying daily activities of homeless people

 Click here to visit Cosmic dust exhibition
David Choong Lee – Untitled

Colorful Universe in the New Painting Series By David Choong Lee

In 2010 the Korean artist began to merge abstract and geometrical pieces with his figurative portraits to create impressive assemblages and landscapes. By portraying the energy of space the artist manages to transport the viewer into his world of color, depth, and detail. His creative process has become more random than before. The artist usually starts his paintings without a proper idea of what he’ll paint or how his artworks are going to look like in the end. His painting process also represents a process of discovery as the image starts to take on a life of its own. He uses acrylic, latex and aerosol paint to create works that can be described as moving between organic and geometric. His non-figurative vividly colored compositions arise from what he calls his inner visions deeply rooted inside the artist’s soul. His works are inspired by meticulous studies of physics and Darwinism. Every one of his images contained slightly altered forms and variations that show the beauty present in details.

By portraying the energy of cosmos the artist manages to transport the viewer into his world of color, depth, and detail

Work by David Choong Lee
David Choong Lee – Untitled works

Massive Assemblage Installations

David Choong Lee is also prolific for his assemblage pieces the most famous of which Is locate in the hallway of San Francisco Grand Hyatt hotel. An installation composed of oil and acrylic paintings on wooden boxes depicts an array of people who the artist encountered during the 20 years of is life in San Francisco from homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk of his old neighborhood to those who stood as models in his classes. He has published several books including God made dirt, and dirt don’t hurt, 4 WORDS, DIRT, and CONVERGENCE.

The artist is represented by Jonathan LeVine Projects.

He lives in downtown San Francisco, USA.

Featured image : David Choong Lee – Portrait
Images courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Projects.

YearExibition TitleExhibition TitleSolo/ Group
2017GravityJonathan Levine Gallery, New Jersey, NYSolo
2015 Google HQMountain View, CA Solo
2015The Dean Collection NO COMMISSION ART FAIR, Miami, USA Group
2015Pareidolia FIFTY24SF GALLERY,San Francisco, CA    Solo
2014  Mash Up Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014   Cosmic Dust Luna Rienne Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013     Organic Updates 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo .
2013   Project Grand SF Installation in the lobby Grand Hyatt Union Square SanFrancisco, CASolo
2012 Salon Style Fabric 8 Gallery, San Francisco, CA Group
2011    Shinkansen Conspiracy 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011    Acquiring Signal LeBasse Projects Gallery, San Francisco, CA Solo
2010    A New Beginning 941 Geary Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009       Tri-Product Fabric 8 Gallery, San Francisco, CA Group
2009        Sunshine on Cast Shadow Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, ArizonaSolo
2008    Mental and Material Realms Mars-1 and Davidc Choong Lee Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008    White washed Opus Undergroun Gallery, Newcastle, UKGroup
2007   CONSTRUCTION Lab 101 Gallery, Culver City, CA Group
2007    David choong lee paintings& prints Babylon Falling,San Francisco, CA   Solo
2007    Heavy Hitterz Street Art& Graffiti Live Painting Age Song gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007    Sneaker Pimps M1 Gallery,San Francisco, CA Group
2007    Sweet Calaveras Yves Laroche Gallery,Montreal, QC, CANADAGroup
2006SOLD OUT White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA Group
2006   Scion Dashboard Gallery , San Francisco, CA Group
2005CONVERGENCE The .room NYC, New York, NY Group
2005MONSTERCompound Gallery, Portland, OR Group
2005URBANSCAPE White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2005Face Paint Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA Group
2005sneaker pimps Mighty, San Francisco, CA Group
2004BOARD THE TRAIN Double Punch,,San Francisco, CAGroup
2004God made dirt, and dirtdon’t hurt 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA Solo
2004SPACE CASE Compound Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2004God made dirt, and dirt don’t hurt LEVI’S Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003 David Choong Lee Romeo 5 Gallery Japan town, San Francisco, CASolo
2003 David Choong Lee Artinus Gallery, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2002 David Choong Lee Virgin 69 Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2000 David Choong Lee Fine Art Gallery, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CASolo
2000 David Choong Lee 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1999     David Choong Lee Virgin 69 Gallery San Francisco, CASolo
1998     David Choong Lee Fine Art Gallery, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CASolo