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.
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?
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?
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.
I don’t use other than for mixing paints.
Monet or Manet?