IL Lee is a Korean American contemporary artist. He was born in South Korea (1952) and has been living in America since the mid-1970s. Lee is best known for his ballpoint pen artwork; large-scale abstract imagery on paper and canvas. He also creates artwork in a similar vein utilizing acrylic and oil paint on canvas. Exhibitions of Il Lee’s artwork have been held in Seoul, Paris, and numerous cities around the United States. The New York Times has described Lee’s ballpoint artwork as ”deceptively casual; sweeping, rhythmical abstractions in blue.”
Il Lee’s artwork is represented in major museum and public collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Vilcek Foundation, San Jose Museum of Art, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwachon, Korea. via
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things are evolving, and moving in directions I didn’t anticipate…
Design for the Barnard & Westwood Greetings Card Competition, debossed and die-stamped silver
on the road III
Autumn: Intentions, Ink on Khadi Cotton Rag Paper, 3.5 x 5ft
My first piece at this scale. Bored of working at my usual 18x24in/ 20x30in , I decided to take the leap to larger works. I inked a great deal of this with 0-6 brushes before I realized the inherent masochism… (not that it mattered anyway! ha)
In the beginning, work at this scale took about two weeks. My advice to anyone interested in working on large scale pieces but intimidated by the size: stop procrastinating. You can’t work up to it, just start.