From the Studio of… Heeju Lee

Each week we visit a Saatchi Online artist to share a glimpse into their studio, a peek inside their sketchbooks, and best of all, insight into their inspirations. Read on to discover more about South Korean artist Heeju Lee.

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Favorite material to work with?
I always work with oil paints on canvas. Have no interests in other materials.

What themes do you pursue?
The themes of my paintings started from my home. I have worked with the themes of spatiality which space has and of memory which I have lived in such space and today. Early works contained a bit actual forms but I think more about abstract themes of memory and today rather than spatial elements.

How many years as an artist?
I have painted since I was so young. I have worked on current works since 2009.

 

Where is your studio?
Kyeongbuk-do, Gimcheon.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
“You have to keep trying something whether success or failure.”

Art school or self-taught?
I majored in art at university.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I like music. But when working, I hardly listen to music. It depends on my mood at that time.

What’s around the corner from your place?
Ironworks, fish shop, a bank, pubs…

Where can we find you outside the studio?
Supermarket, the bank.

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
Farmer.

Check out Heeju Lee’s artwork

Day job?
I don’t do anything other than painting.

Favorite contemporary artist?
Nam June Paik and Francis Bacon.

Who are your favorite writers?
Colin Wilson, Park Kyeong Ri.

Favorite brush?
Flat brush.

Palette knifes?
I don’t use other than for mixing paints.

Monet or Manet?
Monet.

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32 Comments

  1. John Syd says:

    This is awesome.

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  2. David Heger says:

    Highly dynamic shapes. My favorite is the orange on white background.

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  3. Sydney Johnson says:

    you have the look of a poet
    i feel the intensity of the work you produce
    and the answers you give to the questions

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    i was wondering why so few people
    had passed comment
    in comparison
    to those previous chosen

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  4. mihaela says:

    So dry….a computer from the prehistory of PC’s can do this through a generator program, come on can we see some art pls…

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    • Fred Bell says:

      What can’t be done on a computer, Mihaela? Soon enough we will even be able to do sculpture!

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    • what do you reckon mihaela says:

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      but could a computer from the prehistory of PC’S
      have created the many thousands
      and many many more maybe deluded artists
      these here modern day things maybe have

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  5. Fred Bell says:

    The simplicity of the forms, the animated feeling and the harmony of the colors are what speak to me.

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  6. Kawoom says:

    …just wondering what sister from north would paint !?

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    • Questionnaire says:

      Sister from North Korea you mean?

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      • Questionaire says:

        WHO’S RUNNING THIS SITE/PICKING THIS ART
        MY GUESS ITS SOME TEENAGE GIRL IN THE ENGLISH HOME COUNTIES ?

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        • Questionaire says:

          IMAGINE THAT ALL THAT HARD WORK ALL THAT ART ALL THAT SUFFERING
          FOR SOME TEENAGE GIRL IN THE ENGLISH HOME COUNTIES IMAGINE THAT

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          • isha says:

            you’s just jealous cos you’s pissed at painting
            saatchi you’s rocks

          • 3 on 1 says:

            suffering ? don’t open your mouth,
            never talk again about art like me,
            open the window and throw
            as far as you can out
            on the street
            art

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  7. Lee says:

    Hi Heeju Lee,

    many great colorful works I see
    while watching your artfolio
    ‘ space.memory.present ‘
    is my favorite.
    Thanks for the upload.

    All best

    Lee

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  8. kevin blake says:

    This is complete bullshit!

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    • kevin blake says:

      Sorry i didnt mean that ive been drinking a lot recently maybe the deluded artists comment is true maybe thats what we are maybe thats what this site and sites like it will in the future be remembered for good luck Heeju Lee you have a fantastic gift

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    • isha says:

      you’s just pissed cos you’s isnt been picked piss
      saatchi you’s rocks iiiiiiii

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  9. Joan Norris says:

    Very elegant, in the style of an American Artist Ron Davis

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  10. Chief B says:

    one flew

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    how trew

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    • McMurphy says:

      . haha .

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      • Katarina H says:

        Hi there ! Great to see you find your way.

        Much success in art, Heeju !

        All best.

        Katarina

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      • Johnny says:

        was a soldier
        got killed by a soldier
        20 years ago
        johnny watched 2 of his friends
        blown to pieces in northern ireland
        just couldnt forget
        6 months ago
        3 soldiers
        home on leave
        fresh from iraq
        having it large
        local heroes
        night on the town
        theres this guy
        sat in a shop doorway
        begging for pennies
        they took offence
        3 on one
        kicked the fuck out of him
        easy target
        johnny didnt stand a chance

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        ‘god save the queen’

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        i know it was only a film
        but wasnt that McMurphy guy
        from that one flew over the cuckoos nest
        sectioned for raping a 15 year old girl
        maybe im wrong

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        great art heeju keep at it

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  11. YVB says:

    you can find the real art here http://www.saatchionline.com/yourivb

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  12. Neil says:

    I liked her work especially the ones in the pictures. The design with the orange on white is my favorite. very simple, but refreshing. The work uses the space well and the subject has good movement. How come Saatchi doesn’t sell signed prints? I would like to find that orange one as a print since I can’t afford her originals.

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