installation

Paul Lee/ Paul Lee

United Kingdom 1974

Installation, Sculpture, Minimal Art, Painting, Collage

Paul Lee
Paul Lee
Male
United Kingdom
1974

Paul Lee, born in Ilford, London, in 1974, is a British artist who works in painting, sculpture and collage. His raw materials are an array of found objects such as light-bulbs, cans, rocks and towels, which he then cuts up, paints over, or reassembles.

Lee studied at St Martins School of Art and then Winchester School of Art, where he received his BA in Fine Art in 1997. He works with a single motif in exhaustive variation. In one series “Untitled (Can Sculpture)” from 2007, all of the works have in common a soda can with a photocopy of a young man’s face in the place of the label, sourced from a 1970s nudist magazine. His unspoken narratives investigate the meaning and conquest of desire, using a language that is and on the verge of absence, a mark via the form of a trace, a trace that wipes away any particular subjective resonance, appointing it in another form.

Paul Lee is represented by Stuart Shave/Modern Art in London, and Maccarone gallery, in New York. He was artist in residence at Chinati Foundation, Marfa, USA in 2007. Lee has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK, Portikus, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, Alberta Merola Gallery, Provincetown, USA and Paul Kasmin, New York, USA, to name a few. Public collections include The Dallas Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, RISD, and The Morgan Library, among others.

He currently lives and works in New York.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Paul Lee Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USAsolo
2015Partial Presence Zabludowicz Collection, London, UKgroup
2014MatineeMaccarone, New York, NY, USAsolo
2014Paul LeeStuart Shave/Modern Art and Maccarone, New York, NY, USAsolo
201439 Great JonesNew York, NY, USAsolo
2013Paul LeeMichael Lett, Auckland, New Zealandsolo
2013EmeraldMaccarone, New York, NY, USA solo
2013UIA (Unlikely Iterations of the Abstract)Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX, USAgroup
2013Adams and OllmanPortland, OR, USAgroup
2013Within and ThroughoutJTT, New York, NY, USAgroup
2013Notes on Neo-CampOffice Baroque, Antwerp, Belgiumgroup
2011Moon RiverStuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UKsolo
2011THE MEDICINE BAGMaccarone, New York, NY, USAgroup
2011Flaca / Tom HumphreysPortikus, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germanygroup
2011Absentee LandlordWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USAgroup
2011Robert Mapplethorpe: Night WorkAlison Jacques Gallery, London, UKgroup
2010Paul LeeStuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UKsolo
2010LavenderMaccarone, New York, NY, USAsolo
2010Everynight I go to sleepStuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UKgroup
2010Summer CampExile Galerie, Berlin, Germanygroup
2009Abstract America: New Painting and SculptureSaatchi Gallery, London, UKgroup
2009MinneapolisPeres Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USAgroup
2009ParallelBortolami Gallery, New York, NY, USAgroup
2009Between Beach Ball and Rubber RaftContemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USAgroup
2009Mary's Choice303 Gallery, New York, NY, USAgroup
2008Arm's LengthPeres Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USAsolo
2008The StationMiami, FL, USAgroup
2008The Dulcet Clime of the BedchamberGoff + Rosenthal, Berlin, Germanygroup
2008Shape of Things to ComeSaatchi Gallery, London, UKgroup
2008Jesuvian ProcessElizabeth Dee, New York, NY, USAgroup
2007Paul LeeChinati Foundation, Marfa, TX, USA
solo
2007HarbourPeres Projects, Berlin, Germanysolo
2007Ready-MadeYvon Lambert Project Space, New York, NY, USAgroup
2007NeoIntegrityDerek Eller Gallery, New York, NY, USAgroup
2007Substance & SurfaceBortolami, New York, USAgroup
2007EliminateAlbert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USAgroup
2006ReservoirMassimo Audiello, New York, NY, USA
solo
2006Paul LeeSchoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USAsolo
2006Postcards from the edgeSikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, NY, USAgroup
2006TableGene Frankel Theatre, New York, NY, USAgroup
2006Open NetworkAmpersand International, San Francisco, CA, USAgroup
2006This is Not Called Gay Art NowPaul Kasmin, New York, NY, USAgroup
2006New BeginningsSchoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USAgroup
2006Christening a CabinHigh Desert Test Sites, 29 Palms, CA, USAgroup
2005OlympusSchoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USAsolo
2005Drawing ShowSchoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USAgroup
2005Certain People I KnowMargaret Thatcher Gallery, New York, NY, USAgroup
2005All in the FamilyTexas Gallery, Houston, TX, USAgroup
2005Disco HospitalColeman Projects, London, UKgroup
2004New WorkSchoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USAsolo
2003The dead birds of W28th StSchoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USAsolo
2002Books, Paintings, DrawingsSchoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USA
solo
2002Paul Lee at the Chelsea HotelChelsea Hotel, New York, NY, USA
solo