The 'I've Missed You' solo exhibition marks Lee’s European debut, revealing six new oil paintings that celebrate unity, kindness and respect towards others.
“By depicting his subjects as super simplified archetypes, stripped of any features or recognizable attributes, and placed in an unknown, void space, Mike Lee is creating a universal and unpretentious visual language that speaks of happier versions of all of us, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, etc.” — Sasha Bogojev, JUXTAPOZ
Mike Lee uses the human form as a vehicle to express contemporary social attitudes and anxieties — feelings of isolation, hope, happiness, and the mundane with plenty of depth and warmth in his monochrome paintings. His work displays excellent skills with space, lighting, movement and atmosphere, and through an almost three-dimensional approach Lee’s oil-painted figures nod to the visual quality of CGI renderings. In painting his characters in their most basic human form, he creates works that are relatable and familiar to all.
Lee’s work has been exhibited at galleries across Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.