Lee’s artistic is unique and symbolic of his personal life. He first pours diluted ink or oil onto the canvas, later blowing it with a hairdryer to create ripples and waves. The layers seem to form mountains and valleys, pouring into one another to create a unified landscape. The author relates his medium of choice to his personal life, feeling that the combination of oil and water reflects on his dual training in Western and Oriental painting alongside other mental dualities.
Hyunbae Lee was born in Korea. He received his BFA and MFA in Painting from Hongik University. Hyunbae Lee has held solo exhibitions in galleries such as UDB Gallery (Christchurch, New Zealand), Insa Art Center (Seoul), and Gallery Young (Seoul). His works have been featured in group exhibitions around Seongnam Art Center (Seoul), Kwanhoon Gallery (Seoul), Art Caociung (Taipei, Taiwan) and the Seoul City Museum of Fine Arts amongst others. His works have been collected by Whitireia Polytechnic (Porirua, New Zealand) and Seoul City Museum of Fine Art.