Justin Lee

 

Justin Lee Chee Kong 

Singapore, b1963

 

About the Artist:

Justin Lee was awarded Mont Blanc Young Artist World Patronage Project 2006, Hamburg, German. He was also awarded the Lasalle Scholarship (Master of Fine Art), NAFA Scholarship for his BA degree course in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 2005 and the National Art Council, Georgette-Chen Arts Scholarship for his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore which he completed in 1999. In 2000, he was selected to complete a 6-months intensive training programme at the Tyler Print Workshop in New York, under Mr. Ken Tyler’s supervision. He returns and worked as an apprentice with the Singapore Tyler Institute for two years.

 

Justin has also participle in several exhibitions in Singapore and his first solo art exhibition “Double Happiness, a Fantasy in Red” (2003) and second solo “Toy Nation” (2003). His 3rd Solo Exhibited at Esplanade Tunnel, and level 3 Community Wall (April/July2005), and also has been invited to participate in the Singapore Art Festival in Japan (24 July 05, Aoyama kottou douri, Tokyo), Gwang Ju National Museum and Okgwa Museum in Korea, “6th Culture and Art Festival of Songzhuang” in Beijing, Bangkok (BACC), Taipei- Taiwan, “CausewayEXchange-2011” in Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia and current works “Art Garden” at Singapore Art Museum-2011 & 2012, Singapore National Museum and “Life after Death” at Asia Civilizations Museum, Singapore (2011) and Japan “Itoshima Arts Farm” (2012). His up current experimental short video work is show casing in Singapore Art Museum, Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia, starting now till 25 December 2012.

 

Justin Lee series of works bring a different understanding of today’s Singapore society and lifestyle with a blend of east and west cultures. Justin also seeks to record everyday lifestyle into visual art based on his cultural, and its surrounding by doubting questions appearances. He believes that art play an important part in helping people to grow and to see the important role play and awareness of themselves. His current works reflect on how text influences and controls the users in our daily lifestyle. His works also reflect on words and images from the mass media like signage, billboards and consumer products which control our thoughts and expression.

 

 

Education:

 

2015 –2016   Master in Fine Art, Lasalle College of the Arts-Singapore/Goldsmiths, University of London

 

2005 – 2006 Bachelor of Arts, University of Huddersfield, UK. (BA degree in Painting)-  Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

 

2000 – 2002  Internship for Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore-Tyler Graphic Limited – Mt Kisco, New York

 

1996 – 1999   Diploma in Fine Art, Lasalle-SIA, College of the Arts (Painting)-Singapore (RMIT, Australia)

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2012/2014       Part-time lecturer at Lasalle College of the Art, Singapore

 

2013-2015       Artist Mentorship Scheme-NAC/STAR

 

2013                External assessor for Lassalle College of the Art BA program

 

Mar 2014        Artist in residency with Studio Kura, Fukuoka-Japan

 

June 2013       Artist in residency with Youkobo Tokyo-Japan

 

Oct 2012         Esplanade Community workshop for ADWF 2012

 

Sept 2012       Art Community Project- Silver Arts Weekend – Activity Stations

 

March 2012    Art Community Project with Singapore Senior Activity Centre

 

Jan 2012         Artist in residency with Studio Kura, Fukuoka-Japan

 

April 2011       First Day Cover-Stamp-EDB 50th Anniversary 2011

 

April 2011        Artist in residency with Singapore Association of Mental Health

 

May 2010        Volunteer art instructor – “Youth Reach”-Singapore Association of Mental Health

 

Nov 2008        Korea Kaywon Art and Design Symposium

 

2001-2002      Internship for Singapore Tyler Print Institute, New York-Singapore

 

2000                Selected and successfully completed 6 months intensive training programmed at the Tyler Print Workshop in Mount Kisco, New York, supervised by Ken Tyler.

 

1995-1999       Graphic/Visual Designer, Singapore Productivity Board.

 

1990-1995       Graphic Designer, Singapore Yellow Pages.

 

1981-1988       Aircraft Engineering, Singapore Air Force

 

 

 

AWARDS / NOMINATIONS & GRANTS

 

2015 -Lasalle Scholarship –Master of Fine Art

 

2007-Mont Blanc Young Artist World Patronage Project 2007, Hamburg, German

 

2006-Nominee for President’s Design Award: Singapore Design of the Year

 

2006-NAFA 68th Founder’s Day Commendation Award 2006, Singapore

 

2005-Singapore Motorola Style Awards 2005” Visual Arts Award Winner 2005

 

2005-Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards, Highly Recommended Award2005

 

2005-NAFA Scholarship (BA Degree Studies), Singapore2003

 

2005-UOB Painting of the year, Highly Recommended Award, Singapore1998

 

2003-Urban Art Competition, Letter of Commendation (Parco), Singapore

 

1998/1999-Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship (Diploma Studies) Singapore

 

 

 

 EXHIBITIONS

 

2019     “Small Singapore Show 2.0: TaiSing Conversation” Supernormal Gallery, Singapore

 

2018     “Game of Life” Installation Art, Esplanade Concourse, Singapore

 

2018     “Small Singapore Show 2.0” Open Contemporary Art Center, Taipei Taiwan

 

2018       TAV “Portraiture” MOX-Banksy Gallery-Singapore

 

2018       “In the Mood of Serenity” Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre-Hong Kong

 

2018       TAV “Still Life” Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts-Singapore

 

2017       “Meta-graphy” MEME Art Space, Taipei-Taiwan

 

2017       “The Circle of Life” Japan Creative Centre, Singapore

 

2017     “They used to be my playground” Studio Kura, Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan

 

2017     Field Trip Project Asia: Departure Edition-group artists’ exhibition–Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia

 

2017     ‘IN-Visible’ group artist exhibition-ION Gallery, Singapore

 

2016     ‘South by Southeast’ 5 group artists exhibition-Yibo Gallery, Shanghai China

 

2016     ‘Different Light’ 4 group artists’ exhibition-Unipon2kau2 art project space, Osaka-Japan

 

2016     ‘And the rest of such things’ Lassalle MA Show 2016-Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

 

2016     Parabiosis: International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2016-

 

Chongqing Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing, China

 

2015     Art Now Live Tour-2: Group Traveling Show, Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, China

 

2015     Sweet Spot: Lassalle Master Work in Progress Show Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Singapore

 

2015     Synthesis: Group Show, Northart Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

 

2015     Echo: Inside Out-Group Show, Lasalle and Central Academy of Fine Art-Beijing

 

Nov 2014        The Third Print–Total Museum of Contemporary Art –Korea Seoul

 

Oct 2014         Weaving Viewpoint– Partner Program of Korea Festival 2014 –Space Cottonseeds, Singapore

 

Aug 2014         Field Trip Project Asia-Shinjuku Creators Fiesta 2014, Japan-Tokyo

 

June 2014       “HOME”- Art community installation- Tampines Community Park, Singapore

 

May 2014        “Our Childhood-Come and Play”- Art installation- National Museum Singapore

 

Mar 2014       “iLight Marina Bay”- Asia Sustainable Light Art Festival 2014-Art Science Museum, Singapore

 

Mar 2014       “30 Life stories-Remembering Parks”-2014- SingaPlural Celebrating Design 2014Festival, Singapore

 

Feb 2014       “Project 6581- Parallel Perception and Counter Connection”-Japan Creative Centre, Singapore

 

Jan 2014        Art Stage Singapore-2014- Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

 

Aug 2013       NAFA 75 Anniversary show- “Made in Singapore”-Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore

 

July 2013       2 Artists residency art show “Robotic Love”-Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo Japan

 

July 2013        “CausewayEXchange-2013” group show-Penang, Malaysia

 

April 2013      Big SMALL show-group show-Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

 

Jan 2013        Art Stage Singapore-Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

 

Nov 2012       8th Solo Exhibition “Ten Years of Art and Craft”- Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

 

Nov 2012        Every Thing Matters:-Singapore Association for Mental Health Community Art Exhibition- Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

 

Oct 2012         Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Diverse City –Singapore Art Museum-8Q, Singapore

 

Sep 2012       Rover Artist, Performance art-Night Festival 2012- Substation, Singapore

 

July 2012       7th Solo Exhibition “The Paper Ball” photography and installation-Esplanade Tunnel, Singapore

 

May 2012        “Art Garden” –The Art of Imagination- Children Season 2012-Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

 

May 2012        “Roots” group exhibition-National Library Board, Singapore

 

May 2012        “Itoshima Arts Farm 2012”- Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan

 

April 2012        “Buy Bye” 6 artists’ group exhibition,-Vue Piree gallery, Singapore

 

Mar 2012         “Roots” group exhibition- Old School-2902, Singapore

 

Mar 2012         “Sense” Residency Art Show – Studio Kura- Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan

 

Nov 2011        “Affordable Art” Art Fair Singapore-F1Pit Building, Singapore

 

Nov 2011        “Replay” 4 artists’ group show- Art installation-Alliance Française, Singapore

 

Nov 2011        “Now you see it, now you __” group show-Volvo Showroom Loft, Singapore

 

Oct 2011         Art Seasons 10 Anniversary group show-Art Seasons, Singapore

 

Oct 2011         INSTINC Square Invasion-group show- Instinc, Singapore

 

July 2011        “CausewayEXchange-2011” group show-Art installation- KLPAC-Kuala Lumpur Performance Art Centre, Malaysia

 

June 2011       “Life After Death” Art installation-Asia Civilizations Museum, Singapore

 

June 2011       “Art Garden” – Mummy Dearest- Children Season 2011–Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

 

May 2011        “Apad’s 37th Art Exhibition” Contemporary 2011-National Library Building, Singapore

 

May 2011        “Hungry For More” Utterly Art 10 anniversary group show- Ion Art Gallery, Ion Orchard, Singapore

 

March 2011     “Wok of Life” group installation show- Your Mother Gallery, Singapore

 

Jan 2011         “Asia Pulse, 10+1Art Tactic-2011”-Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand, Bangkok.

 

Jan 2011         “Now Boarding” – Southeast Asian works- Group exhibition. Gift Art, Singapore

 

Nov 2010        “Affordable Art” Art Fair Singapore-F1Pit Building, Singapore

 

Nov 2010        “Geisai#02” Huashan Creative Park-台北-华山文化园 Taiwan, Taipei

 

Jan 2011         “Asia Pulse, 10+1Art Tactic-2011”-Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand, Bangkok.

 

July 2010        “2010 Asia Contemporary Art / Now & Next” Group exhibition,-Gwang Ju National Museum, Korea

 

July 2010        “2010 Asia Contemporary Art / Space & Imagination” Group exhibition,-Okgwa Museum , Korea

 

May 2010        “Technicolour Japan” 5 artists’ group exhibition -Vue Piree gallery, Singapore

 

May 2010        “No Conical Hats” – Southeast Asian works on Paper-Group exhibition. Gift Art, Singapore

 

Mar 2010         MaGMA’s, Group exhibition-Opera gallery, Ion Singapore

 

Oct 2009         National Museum Singapore, Lost in the City

 

Mar 2009         “Geisai#12” Big Sight, Tokyo Japan Group show

 

Nov 2008       “Show Time” Group Exhibition -AFC Studio, 21 Trade hub, Singapore

 

Nov 2008       “1X1X1”, Group Exhibition, Fost Gallery Singapore

 

July 2008       6th Solo Exhibition “Beijing goes West”, (个人画展)-Utterly Art Exhibition Space, Singapore

 

June 2008       “East meets West” An art installation, Wheelock Gallery, Singapore

 

Feb 2008         “6” A Group Exhibition by 6 artists, Forth Gallery Singapore

 

Nov 2007       “1X1X1”, Group Exhibition, Fost Gallery Singapore

 

Sept 2007      27th Annual Print Making Show “Untitled” by Printmaking Society Singapore-Utterly Art Exhibition Space, Singapore

 

Jun 2007        5th Solo Exhibition “Happy Nation”, (个人画展)-Utterly Art Exhibition Space, Singapore

 

May 2007      “Memories and Mementoes” 2 pop artist show, Justin and Dyn-Level 5, Marina Mandarin Hotel Singapore

 

Mar 2007         “Happiness in Red” Art installation,-The Centre Point Re-Launch, Orchard Singapore

 

Nov 2006        “Pure Reward, a sprit of giving” Christmas Art installation-Art Event at Bangkok Gaysorn Plaza, Thailand

 

Sep 2006         Group Show “Read Me, See Me, Feel Me” Art installation-Art and Cultural Event at Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore

 

Aug 2006       Group Show, “Made-In Singapore”, -Art Season Gallery, Singapore

 

Aug 2006        “SAMA” An Art Event of Indignation 2006 at 72-13, Singapore

 

June 2006      “I CAN” Installation art at Singapore General Hospital, Fountain Garden

 

May 2006      BA degree show, Solo exhibition and performance art-Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore (个人画展)

 

April 2006      “BODMOD” A Group Photographic Exhibition on Body Art, Utterly Art Singapore

 

April 2006      “Superstitions” BA degree open studio-Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Gallery 2, Singapore

 

Mar 2006         “Adicolour” Charity Auction by Times Budding Artist Fund and Adidas-Raffles city, Singapore

 

Mar 2006      “Super-StyleMix” Design and Art exhibition by Asia Style-Red Dot Design Museum, gallery space, Singapore

 

Feb 2006       “Travelogue” Art exhibition by NAFA BA/MA degree students-Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, gallery 2, Singapore

 

Jan 2006       “Made 2 Order” by 7 artists, support by National Art Council Singapore Art House

 

Dec 2005      “Street Style Awards 2005” by Motorola, Visual Arts Award Winner-Zouk Discotheque

 

Oct 2005       Philip Morris Painting Competition Exhibition-Nayang Academy of Fine Art, Gallery 2 and 3

 

Oct 2005       “Sweet and Sour Pop” by 2 artists, Singaporean Justin Lee, and Thai Chanon, -Utterly Art Exhibition Space, Singapore

 

Sept 2005      Txtrapolis- Contemporary Text-Based Art from Singapore -Nayang Academy of Fine Art, Gallery 2

 

Aug 2005       “Absolut Celebration @ Tangs” an installation work for Singapore National Day 2005, supported by Absolut and Tangs

 

July 2005       “Singapore Art Festival” in Ebisu Shibuyaku, Tokyo, Japan-Group Exhibition, supported by STB and DBS

 

June 2005      “I-Forum Exhibition” Art Concept Floor launch at Ngee Ann City, 5th level – Art installation by 12 local artists

 

April 2005      “Our People, Our Lifestyle” (个人画展)

 

                      - 3rd Solo Exhibition on prints, paintings and installations - Esplanade Tunnel and Level 3 community wall

 

Feb 2005         “Celebrities Portraits with Artist” Exhibition of 12 local artist works TV12 Art Central, Television Cooperation,-Charity auction for AFA-Wisma Atrium Level 1

 

Feb 2005       “M9” a local group of 9 male artists exhibition-Art Season Gallery, Singapore

 

Jan 2005        “Replay” a launch of Justin Lee first catalogueCharity for AFA cum mini exhibition show 37 the Pub, Singapore

 

Oct 2004        “Blink” a local group artist exhibitionSingapore Art Museum

 

Sept 2004      “Autumn Festival” – Artist Lantern Making-Esplanade Singapore

 

Aug 2004       “Things in the Dark” a local group artist exhibition - Action for Aids, Singapore

 

July 2004       “Erotica” a local group artist exhibition-Art Season Gallery, Singapore

 

July 2004       “White+Red=Pink” A local group artist exhibition -Utterly Art Exhibition Space, Singapore

 

June 2004      “Reconstructions of a City”, A vision and illusions exhibitionA group exhibition of site specific installation artworks – TP21, Tanjong Pagar / Power House, Singapore

 

May 2004      “Asian Pop” An Asian group artist exhibition.-Art Season Gallery, Singapore

 

Feb 2004       “Made In Singapore” A local group artist exhibition-Art Season Gallery, Singapore

 

Jan 2004       Chinese Lunar New Year “Pillars of Harmony”,-Singapore Esplanade, Concourse level 2.

 

Nov 2003      2nd Solo Exhibition “Toy Nation”, (个人画展)-Utterly Art Exhibition Space, Singapore

 

August 03     “Big Small Show” A local and foreign group exhibition -Art Season Gallery, Singapore

 

April 2003     “New Finds” Singapore annual gallery show, duo exhibition.

 

 

 

TV MEDIA

 

Mar 2014        Good Morning Singapore on “iLight Marina Bay”-Channel 8, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

July 2012        Good Morning Singapore on “Art Garden”-Channel 8, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

April 2012        “Knockout-100th episode celebration”-Channel Okto, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

June 2011       “Knockout” (12th episode-)-Channel Okto, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

April 2011        “Watch This Space” (4th episode-Feed me, please)-Channel Okto, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

Jan 2011         Asean Contemporary Art Exhibition, 29 Jan 2011-Asean Highlights 29 Jan 2011, Cable Television Thailand, Bangkok

 

May 2009        Colour Maestro 新色采師 (3rd episode)-Channel U, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

 NOV 2008       “SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA CONTEMPORARY ARTIST”,-ASIA CHANNEL NEWS, TELEVISION COOPERATION SINGAPORE

 

July 2008       “Olympic in Beijing” Focus- channel 8. A program about artist’s ideas o

 

-Based on the theme Olympic

 

June 2006       “My Big Fat Ideas” An art program about artist’s ideas in all discipline

 

March 2006     “Shopping King and Queen”- Interviewing artist on mural painting in-Majestic Hotel, Singapore-Channel 8, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

August 2005    “National Day Previews”- Absolut Bottle,-Interviewing artist about Street art in Singapore-Asia Channel News, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

Dec 2004        “Celebrities Portraits with Artist”-12 local artists and 4 celebrities-TV12 Art Central, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

Aug 2004         “Good Morning Singapore”- Artist interview – Lantern Making- Channel 8, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

July 2003        “E-TV Series”- Interviewing artist about group show in PKW.-E-TV, Channel 8, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

April 2003        “Pop Art Series”- Interviewing artist about pop art in Singapore.-Art Nation, Central channel, Television Cooperation Singapore

 

 

 

PUBLICATION: 

 

2014                Strait Times-Singapore, “iLight Marina Bay”

 

2013                SA-Singapore Architect (issue 273)

 

2013                HOME- art décor, Singapore (issue 6)

 

2012                Today Paper-Singapore, “Beyond Pop”

 

2012                Singapore TATLER, Life-“Artist in Residency”

 

2012                Strait Times-Singapore, “Art Garden-2012”

 

2011                The Business Times-Singapore, Arts, “EDB gets stamp of art approval”

 

2011                The New Paper-Singapore, “Performance Art”

 

2011                Strait Times-Singapore, “General New March”

 

2008                Time Out Singapore, Artist on Pop Art.

 

2007                The Business Times, Arts, “Creative union of commercial and fine art”

 

2006                SA, Singapore Architect, Majestic Hotel, October 2006

 

2006                Style Men Singapore, Men profile, Pop fantasies, April 2006

 

2006                Catalog Singapore, Street Smart, Street Style Visual Arts Award, April

 

 

 

                                                                 Justin Lee

 

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