About Lee Yuan Ching


1957 in Taipei, Taiwan

Lives and Works:

Taipei, Taiwan

About the artist

Lee Yuan Ching is a Taiwanese artist who works predominantly in watercolour and ink. His fluid, abstract paintings are nothing less than mesmerising. We love the artist’s unique blend of ink and paint, which gives his canvases an absorbing, liquid-like appearance.

Lee learned the art of calligraphy from his father at a young age. He went on to study traditional Chinese painting techniques and began to establish his own contemporary approach.

Since his early twenties, Lee’s paintings and calligraphy have been shown extensively across Asia. He has won a number of awards in Taiwan over the course of his career.

Need to know

  • An established Taiwanese artist who works predominately in watercolour and ink
  • Lee continually reevaluates the traditional ink painting producing traditionally influenced yet uniquely modern pieces
  • Lee's work explores the notions of the 'true self' to produce highly emotive artworks
Emilya Colliver

Rise Art Prize Judge Emilya Colliver says:

"I was drawn to Lee's interplay between the traditional ink and brush technique of these works, and their more modern colour and composition aspects. The less intricate works are pleasingly bold and graphic, while the more intricate works are more subtle and layered. These works stood out to me because of my training and interest in traditional Asian art. I love how the swirling lines used in the complex structure of the works seem to almost form into figures before swirling away again into a twisting mass."

Lee Yuan Ching

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