Justin Lee

b, 1963, Singapore
Lives and works in Singapore

Justin Lee is a Singaporean visual artist and designer. He has participated in numerous artist-in- residence programmes in Japan (Fukuoka, Studio Kura-2012/14, Itoshima Art Farm-2014, and Tokyo Youkobo-2013). After his graduation with a Diploma in Visual Arts (Fine Arts), he was one of the selected local artists trained at the Tyler Print Institute in New York. Over the years, he has participated in numerous exhibitions held in Singapore and internationally (2000-2002)

As one of Singapore’s foremost pop artists, whose design projects reflect a fine sense of contemporary design flavoured with an essence of Singapore traditions, Justin’s work deserves accolades as both a designer and artist. His approach to design is executed with current graphic fundamentals yet reflecting traditional techniques such as his on-going series based on paper-cutting and Chinese woodblock printing styles. The themes and imagery with which he interprets his commissioned design work underscore familiar Asian cultures with a delightful pop treatment that celebrates Asian values in an endearing tongue in cheek manner.

In his earlier career, he had been handpicked as one of 6 of STPI’s first interns to work with world renowned artists such as Frank Stella and Donald Sultan. He believes that art plays an important part in helping people to grow and to see the important role play and awareness of themselves. His works also reflect on words and images from the mass media like signage, billboards and consumer products which control our thoughts and expression.

The artist’s background in graphic design has greatly inspired his concepts on consumerism. He is well known for his paper-cut inspired paintings with a fusion of eastern and western elements that highlight how Western consumerism-culture has infiltrated the East, his ancient Eastern figurines modelling western luxury products. In his recent works, he looked deep into the effects on the lifespan of products and their (past) functionality. This ideology is followed by a second lease of life given by people who are able to see a use beyond the previous assigned identity for the object.

Country: Singapore