Mike Lee

Mike Lee, 'Big Momma' detail, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 183 x 183 cm.
Autumn 2018

The Garage is pleased to announce its first show with New York-based artist Mike Lee. Opening September 29, this solo exhibition marks Lee’s European debut. Sign up to The Garage newsletter & follow our Instagram to stay up to date on the opening and exhibition.

“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.

Mike Lee biography & works

Mike Lee, 'Big Momma', 2018, Oil on Canvas, 183 x 183 cm.
Mike Lee, 'Big Momma', 2018, Oil on Canvas, 183 x 183 cm.

Mike Lee, 'You and Me', 2017, Oil on Panel, 51 x 40.5 cm.
Mike Lee, 'You and Me', 2017, Oil on Panel, 51 x 40.5 cm.

Mike Lee, 'Happy Family', 2018, Oil on Canvas, 122 x 91.5 cm.
Mike Lee, 'Happy Family', 2018, Oil on Canvas, 122 x 91.5 cm.

Mike Lee, 'Leap', 2017, Oil on Panel, 25.5 x 20 cm.
Mike Lee, 'Leap', 2017, Oil on Panel, 25.5 x 20 cm.

Mike Lee, 'Hope', 2017, Oil on Canvas, 76 x 76 cm.
Mike Lee, 'Hope', 2017, Oil on Canvas, 76 x 76 cm.

Mike Lee, 'Her', 2018, Oil on Panel, 30.5 x 23 cm.
Mike Lee, 'Her', 2018, Oil on Panel, 30.5 x 23 cm.