Youra Lee

PTDW Grad Noontime Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 06, 12:15 p.m.1:00 p.m.

280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 319



I was born and grew up in South Korea. I moved to the US in 2016 to study painting and drawing at SAIC. After Completing a post baccalaureate, I studied at Rhode Island School of Design for MFA. But I came back to Chicago last year and currently in the MFA Painting and Drawing Department at SAIC.

I build up paintings of imagined or recalled spaces, often allowing purely formal considerations of color and shape to determine their direction. 

Inner and outer realities blur and shift in my painting. My work is both abstract and representational, incorporating elements such as loose or fragmented figurative imagery.

I work from drawings, texts, scenes from media and films depicting intimate relationships between couples and personal spaces.

I approach my painting as I just wake up from dream, like when you only recall a single frame or emotion.

Intimate space of both ideas and feelings accompanied with an emotional empathy.


Image Details:

Bye Bye my blue, 30X30, Oil on Canvas, 2019