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Journey into Blue 48 x 60 by Hyun Jou Lee

Hyun Jou Lee was born on October 6th 1965, in Korea. At age seven, she left her
childhood home to attend school in Seoul. She went on to study at the Women’s
University in Seoul, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her thirst for discovery led
her to Montreal in 1994, where she studied at the Saidye Bronfman Center. She started
exhibiting locally, and has since been showing work in galleries in Canada, the United
States and the United Kingdom.

Jou Lee has a symbiotic relationship with her artwork. She looks for guidance from the
canvas, often surprised by the finished result. She begins by applying a thick gesso, to
create relief and give dimension to the piece. Jou Lee experiments with many mediums,
using principally oil and encaustic. Her colour palette is extremely broad; ranging from
the very organic to the brightest colours of spring: the difference depends on the story
the artist is trying to tell.


1996-94 Studies at Saidye Bronfman Center Art School
1992 B.F.A. (major in painting), Ewha Women University, Seoul, South Korea


2011 Catalogue launch & Retrospective exhibition, Espace Galerie Dimension Plus, Montreal, Québec
2010 Edmund Craig Gallery, Texas, United States
2008 Galerie Robert Senneville, Sherbrooke, Canada (duo)
2008 Edmund Craig Gallery, Texas, United States
2007 The Village Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario
2006 Galerie Clarence Gagnon, Montreal, Canada (duo)
2005 “Afternoon Confession”, Centre de créativité du Gesù, Montreal, Canada
2004 The Village Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario
2001 Arts N.D.G., Montreal, Canada (duo)
2000 Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada
1999 “Souvenirs d’Emwon”, Centre de créativité du Gesù, Montreal, Canada
1998 “Inner Emergence”, Belgo Building, Montreal, Canada


2005 Bering & James, Houston, Texas
2004 Art Corée 2004, L’Agora de la Danse, Montreal, Canada
2004 Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada
2002 State of the Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2002 Art Corée 2002, Galerie @1637, Montreal, Canada
2000 Art Corée 2000, Quebec’s Association of Korean Artists, La Cabosse d’or, Otterburn Park, Quebec
1999 Plein Sud, Longueuil, Canada
1999 Kamena Gallery & Frames, Edmonton, Canada
1999 Perspectives ’99, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Canada
1999 Asian Heritage Festival, Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montreal
1998 “Écrire la femme”, Maison des Arts de Laval, Laval, Canada
1998 Laboratoire, Montreal, Canada
1997 Complexe Guy Favreau, Montreal, Canada
1997 “Tchou’sok Je”, Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal, Canada
1997 Cross-Cultural Exhibition, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
1996 “Mémoires asiates”, Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, Canada
1995 Flower Festival, Faubourg Ste-Catherine, Montreal, Canada
1993 Young Artists Festival, Baksang Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1993 “The wave of appearance”, Seoul Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1993 “Feminism”, Dori Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1993 “From today to tomorrow”, Kwanboon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1992 Ba Tang Go Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Magazin’art, No 2, Winter 2001, pp.76-78; 106-107
Patricia Perron, “Passages”, Parcours vol.6, no 4, fall 2000, p.85
Michelle Gagnon, “Cash & Carry Art – Act now”, Hour, May 28 – June 3, 1998
“Lee Hyun Jou Solo Exhibition in Montreal”, Korean Times, November 4th 1998
Émilie Poiret, “Espaces intérieurs”, Vie des Arts, No 173, Winter 1998-99, p. 67
“Qui sont ces ethnies? – Montreal Asian Heritage Festival” (May 13th 1999)
“Lee Hyun Jou Art in Toronto”, Korean Times, November 2nd, 1999


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