Kyung-Lim Lee


Kyung-Lim Lee (b. 1957, South Korea) unites geometric abstraction with mythical radiance in her compositions. Interested in systems of meaning, the artist constructs her imagery through a set of ten Chinese and Korean language characters. Incorporating words such as flesh, bone, soul, and resolution, her conceptual thought process on language creates a visual portrayal reminiscent of astronomical phenomena.


Lee emigrated from South Korea to the United States with her family in 1972. She studied at the Pratt Institute and graduated with a BFA in drawing in 1983. Since then, she has exhibited at MoMA PS1 (New York), The Park Avenue Armory (New York), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Arizona) and Seoul Art Center (South Korea), among other venues. The artist is married to James Turrell and currently lives between New York, Arizona and Maryland.


Related works

  • Kyung Lim-Lee is married to James Turrell, an artist celebrated for his architectural installation Aten Reign, an oval piece similar in form to Lim-Lee’s own ambient prints. View his work.

  • In our sister gallery, form & concept, ceramicist Michael Dickey creates colorful ringed orbs akin to the celestial bodies that so inspire Kyung Lim-Lee. View his work.