Vertical Bright, 1999
Lindy Lee (Born 1954)
photocopy, acrylic and oil wax on six panels
41 x 171 cm
each panel signed, dated and inscribed verso
Exhibited: Lindy Lee, Fire Below/Water Above, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne, 14th April-9th May 1999, Cat. #8 (label verso)
0419 540 162
Lindy Lee is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists. She explores her Chinese roots through the philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism, characterised by an awareness of humanity's close relationship to nature and the universe. Employing the ideas of chance and spontaneity, she creates a galaxy of imagery that emanates philosophical meditations on nature and life. Lee has used imagery from her family photo albums in order to explore the experiences of loss and transition that have spanned five generations of travel from China to Australia. These photographic elements are combined with painterly wax splatters and ink spills, which refer to the ancient Chinese practice of ‘flung ink painting', as performed by Ch'an (Zen) Buddhists. This action mimics the traditional Chinese practice, which is understood as an act of renewal where all that is held inside oneself is released.
Born in Brisbane, Lindy Lee completed a diploma at the Kelvin Grove School of Art Education before going to London to study at the Chelsea School of Art in 1979. In 1984 she graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art and a Postgraduate Diploma in painting from Sydney College of the Arts, and in 2001 she received her PhD in Fine Art from the University of New South Wales
With a practice spanning over three decades, Lindy Lee has a well-established reputation in Australia, and enjoyed widespread international recognition exhibiting in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. Her work is included in numerous major public and private collections throughout Australia, including Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia and The University of Melbourne.
LIndy Lee by Greg Weight, 2003