Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee (b.1990) is an artist born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in New York City, and currently lives and works between New York and Madrid, Spain. He was educated at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT, USA) with a degree in neuroscience, drawing, and developmental biology. As a first-generation immigrant in the United States, Timothy was uprooted from Seoul and transplanted into New York, where he developed a lasting anxiety attempting to reconcile his perceived and received identities – both culturally and racially. Trained in the laboratory sciences with a focus on behavioral neurobiology, Timothy approaches his art through an analytic lens yet his practice results in abstract conversations about transient lives and ephemeral states of being. As a result, his current body of work covers many themes – of racial politics, of migration, of death and legacy, and of sexuality.
 
His practice is rooted in an investigation into the rituals we adopt in confronting childhood traumas, and he uses his personal experiences as vectors for a universal narrative on physical, spiritual, and emotional loss. Timothy responds to objects or environments of his childhood obsessions and often uses repetition as a method of navigating the anxiety he developed from the immigration process – a pivotal point in his life when he felt he lost a part of his identity. He is interested in the religious and spiritual significance of counting, which is executed across paintings, sculptures, installations, and textiles, and through the action create what he calls “structures of salvation” in their passing – a nod to his upbringing in a clerical family. From manic drawings and text-based works, to soft sculptures and delicate watercolor paintings, Timothy imbues the materials of his labor with existential concern, and his works highlight the gestures of the past, the forming of legacy, and the salvation of (his) identity.


Timothy’s works have been included in significant national and international exhibitions at venues such as the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC, USA), The Wallach Gallery of Columbia University (New York), The Studio Museum (New York), The National YoungArts Foundation Gallery (Miami, FL) and in solo presentations at the 2018 Armory Show (New York) and the 2018 India Art Fair (New Delhi).
 

His works and his practice has been featured and reviewed in EL MUNDO, Le Quotidien de l'Art, GALERIE MAGAZINE, ARTSY, The Art Newspaper, VOGUE India, AESTHETICA Magazine and the Harvard Advocate and he was recently commissioned by the MTA Arts & Design to create a public art project for their Stewart Manor LIRR station in Garden City, New York.
 

His works are included in private and public collections around the world, including Facebook (Seattle, WA, USA), The MTA Arts & Design (New York), The Cleveland Clinic (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York), The Basu Foundation for the Arts (Kolkata, India), and Fundacion DOP (Caracas, Venezuela).


 

Education

 

2012     Wesleyan University. Bachelor of Arts. High honors, Studio Art.

2012     Middletown, CT (USA). Biology. Studio Art (drawing). Neuroscience & Behavior.

 

Solo Exhibitions
 

2019    XOXO, comet boy. Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain.

2016    No one dies alone. Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2014    double-sided. Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2013    Works on Paper. Scholastic Inc. Store, New York, USA.
2013    Traces. Wook & Lattuada Gallery, New York, USA.

2012    secretive skin. Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA.



Group Exhibitions



 

2020    2020 Chautauqua School of Art Student and Emergin Artists Exhibition. Strohl Art Center. New York, USA.

2020    Ver Versus Ver. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2019    Within Interdependence. An exhibition of work by YoungArts alumni curated by Deana Haggag. National YoungArts Foundation Gallery. Miami, USA.

2018    DIY. Galerie Joseph Paris. Contempo Arts. Paris, France.

2018    Art Theorema #1. Salone Delgli Incanti, presented by Imago Mundi. Trieste, Italy.

2017    Harlem postcards. Studio Museum Harlem. NYC, USA

2016    Contained. Chashama Project Space. NYC, USA

2016    RCA Secret Dubai. In collaboration with Alserkal Avenue + Art Dubai. Dubai, UAE.
2016    Framing Religion – Connections and Conflicts. GB Stuart Gallery, Carlisle Arts & Learning Center. Carlisle, PA, USA.
2015    A Curious Blindness. Columbia University. New York, USA.

2015    The Journey. S. Dillon Ripley Center, The Smithsonian Institution. Washington DC, USA.
2014    La Forme Animale. Galerie Venise Cadre.  Casablanca, Morocco. Curated by Zoulikha Bouabdellah.
2014    IEAA (International Emerging Artist Award) Exhibition. Dubai, UAE.
2014    Me, Myself & I. Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University. Portales, NM, USA.
2013    Vacation Days. Hundred Forsyth Gallery. New York, USA.
2013    Aesthetica Art Exhibition, York St. Mary’s, York, UK.
2012    Studio Art Thesis Group Exhibition, Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University. Middletown, CT, USA.
2012    Swerved, South Gallery, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts. Middletown, CT, USA.



Art Fairs

 

2020     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2020     Taipei Dandgai. Sabrina Amrani. Taipei, Taiwan.

2019     viennacontemporary. Sabrina Amrani. Vienna, Austria.

2019     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2019     India Art Fair. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. New Delhi, India

2018     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Turin, Italy

2018     The Armory Show, Sabrina Amrani Gallery (solo). New York, USA

2018     ARCOmadrid, Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2018     India Art Fair, Sabrina Amrani Gallery (solo). New Delhi, India

2017     ARCOmadrid, Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2017     India Art Fair, Sabrina Amrani Gallery. New Delhi, India

2016     ArtBo, Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Bogota, Colombia

2016     Art Brussels. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Brussels, Belgium

2016     Art Dubai. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Dubai, UAE
2015     ArtInternational. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Istanbul, Turkey
2015     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery (solo/duo). Madrid, Spain

2015     Art Stage Singapore. Sabrina Amrani Gallery (solo). Singapore
 

Awards

 

2014    First Prize, The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, sponsored by The Kennedy Center and The Volkswagen Group of America. Washington DC, USA.
2014    Honorable Mention, [Me, Myself & I] juried exhibition. Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University. Portales, NM, USA.
2014    IEAA (International Emerging Artist Award), 3rd Edtion. Dubai.
2013     Art.Write.Now.Pop-Up! Artist-in-Residence Program, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers/Scholastic Inc., New York, USA.
2013    National Art Educator Medal, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, New York, USA.
2013    Invited participating artist, Artist Pension Trust (APT) - Global One trust, New York, USA.
2012    Long-listed artist (Painting & Drawing), Aesthetica Art Prize, London, UK.
2012    Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Award, Wesleyan University Department of Art & Art History, Middletown, CT, USA.

 

Residencies

 

2017     Artist-in-Residence. The Basu Foundation for the Arts. Kolkata, India

2016     ChaNORTH. Chashama. Pine Plains, New York, USA

2013     ART.WRITE.NOW Scholastic INC. / The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. New York, USA

 

Projects

 

2018     Come back home. A public art project commissioned by the MTA Art & Design and the Long Island Railroad for the LIRR Stewart Manor Station [Hempstead line] in Garden City, New York.

2018     1000 Attempts at a Reconciliation. India Art Fair. Solo projects. Presented by Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2017     Annual Foundraiser Auction. Christies Auction House. Asia Art Archive. Hong Kong.

2017     Public Art Commission. The MTA of New York. Stuart Manor Station (LIRR). Garden City, New York, USA.

 

Public collections
 

OCULUS VR. Facebook (Seattle, USA)

COLECCION D.O.P. Fundacion D.O.P. (Caracas, Venezuela; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain)

FUNDACION DOP. Caracas, Venezuela     

MTA ARTS & DESIGN. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York (New York, USA)        

THE SOCIETY AT MSKCC. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA)

IMAGO MUNDI COLLECTION. Supported by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche (Treviso, Italy)

BASU FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS. Kolkata, India.

CLEVELAND CLINIC ABU DHABI. Abu Dhabi, UAE

TP CONTEMPORARY. London, UK

APT Institute, New York, USA.
The Society at MSKCC, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.

 

Reviews

 

2016     WIDEWALLS. Timothy Hyunsoo Lee’s exhibition at Sabrina Amrani brings a new kind of optimism

2016     ARTSY Editorial. At Sabrina Amrani, Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemplates Serenity and Death

2016     Periodistas (Es). Timothy Hyunsoo Lee: Nadie muere solo

2015     Nomadic Press. Artist and Mental Illness Interview Series: Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

2015     ARTSY. Precision and Instability in Timothy Hyunsoo Lee’s Mind Maps

2015     Artitute. Reflections on Art Stage Singapore: Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

2014     Duas Arte Contemporáneo. double-sided de Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

2014     ARTSY.  Art to Exorcise: Timothy Hyunsoo Maps his Mind with Watercolor

 

Publications

                                   

2018     Seeking Beauty: Timothy Hyunsoo Lee. GALERIE MAGAZINE, 2018 Summer Issue (New York)

2018     Names you should know at Armory. THE ART NEWSPAPER, ARNORY SHOW 2018 ISSUE (New York)

2016     Danger. THE HARVARD ADVOCATE, 150 TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE (Cambridge, MA, USA)

2015     A Curious Blindness. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (New York)

2015     The Journey. THE KENNEDY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS (Washington DC, USA)

2014     La Forme Animale. GALERIE VENISE CADRE (Casablanca, Morocco)

2013     Spring Anthology: 100 Contemporary Artists. AESTHETICA MAGAZINE (London, UK)