Rudyard Kipling's classic statement, "East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet," has been successfully challenged by the brushes of a talented artist named David Lee. In a world where cultures are growing closer everyday, David's art parallels this attitude in a subtle blend of technique and tradition of the East, with the brilliance and clarity of color of the West.
Born in Canton, China, David studied at the National Taiwan University, Kao Shiung University, and the Far East Academy of Art. He taught at the Far East Academy of Art, the Church College in Hawaii, and the Taiwan University Art Center for Students.
At the age of 21, he entered his works in the prestigious National Historical Museum juried art show and received the "Best of Show" award, making David the youngest recipient of that title. Since that time, his awards as well as the shows in which he has exhibited have been numerous.
His painting is based on Calligraphy or Chinese writing. Light and active, his quick, deft brush strokes are in perfect harmony with one another. David utilizes suggestion and negative space, symbolic method and subjective imagination which reflect the principles of Buddhism and its influences in Chinese art. He works with a special blend of Chinese watercolor on treated raw silk imported from China. Using a native Chinese powder mixed with water, he creates subtle colors and textures.
With his work circulating through the art centers of the world, we can truly say that East meets West through the mind and hands of David.
The Plaza Galleries is proud to present the fine art of David Lee.