Lee, Jou


Association des Artistes Coréens du Québec

Vernal Equinox

Mixed Media on Canvas

48” x 72”

Originally from South Korea, Jou Lee (b. 1965) studied Fine Arts at Ewha University in Seoul and currently lives in Montreal, Canada. Her diverse portfolio shows her mastery over a vast range of mediums including encaustic, watercolor, pastel, oil, and acrylic painting as well as the ease with which she moves from figurative work to abstraction. This fluidity is highlighted by the artist’s unique mixed media technique that is constantly evolving. Heavily textured, each piece is vibrantly rendered by explosions of colors and subtle drawings where various objects, patterns and forms are intertwined to form a striking new visual universe.

Since early childhood, Jou Lee dreamt of becoming an artist. Her artwork explores this creative and personal journey. Both moments in time and elements of nature are inserted into different scenes in her paintings, expressing an emotional narrative and the artist’s attempt to capture the essence of life that connects all humanity. The omnipresence of symbols and the spontaneity of gesture transform each piece into an allegory. The resulting composition is refreshingly contemporary, dynamic and captivating.

1996-94 Saidye Bronfman Center Art School, Montreal, Canada
1992 Ewha Womans University,  Fine Arts, Seoul, South Korea

2019 Transitions, Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto, Canada (duo, Dominique Fortin)
2017 Somewhere, Sometime, Gallery Young Art, Seoul, South Korea
2014 Colour of Korea, St-Raymond’s Community Center, Montreal, Canada
2011 Retrospective Exhibition and Catalogue Launch, Espace Galerie Dimension Plus, Montreal, Québec 
2010 Edmund Craig Gallery, Texas, United States
2008 Galerie Robert Senneville, Sherbrooke, Canada (duo) 
Edmund Craig Gallery, Texas, United States
2007 The Village Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario
2006 Galerie Clarence Gagnon, Montreal, Canada (duo)
2005 Afternoon Confession, Centre de créativité du Gesù, Montreal, Canada
2004 The Village Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario
2001 Arts N.D.G., Montreal, Canada (duo)
2000 Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec City, Canada
1999 Souvenirs d’Emwon, Centre de créativité du Gesù, Montreal, Canada
1998 Inner Emergence, Belgo Building, Montreal, Canada

2018 Corée à Montréal, Collective Exhibition, Montreal, Canada
2017 Breath, Gallery Vu, Montreal, Canada
2012 Reflection, Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec, Montreal, Canada
2009 Latitude 44, Toronto, Canada
2008-09 Artworks Gallery, British-Columbia, Canada 
2007 Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec City, Canada
2005 Bering & James, Houston, Texas
2004 Art Corée 2004, L’Agora de la Danse, Montreal, Canada 
Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada
2002 State of the Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Art Corée 2002, Galerie 1637, Montreal, Canada
2000 Art Corée 2000, Quebec’s Association of Korean Artists, La Cabosse d’or, Otterburn Park, Quebec
1999 Plein Sud, Longueuil, Canada
Kamena Gallery & Frames, Edmonton, Canada
Perspectives ’99, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Canada
Asian Heritage Festival, Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montréal
1998 Écrire la femme, Maison des Arts de Laval, Laval, Canada
Laboratoire, Montréal, Canada
1997 Complexe Guy Favreau, Montréal, Canada
Tchou’sok Je, Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur, Montréal, Canada
Cross-Cultural Exhibition, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
1996 Mémoires asiates, Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal,Canada
1995 Flower Festival, Faubourg Ste-Catherine, Montreal, Canada
1993 Young Artists Festival, Baksang Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
The Wave of Appearance, Seoul Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Feminism, Dori Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
From Today to Tomorrow, Kwanboon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1992 Ba Tang Go Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Parcours  vol. 17,  no  1,  2013,  p.63
Plasir de  Vivre  vol  21, no  4,  Ma y  2010,  p.63
Plaisir de  Vivre  vol  19, no  4,  September  2008,  p.144 
Parcours  vol. 14,  no  3,  fall  2009, p.7 
Parcours  vol. 14,  no  4,  Wint er  2010,  p.141 Parcours  vol. 13,  no  3,  Spring  2008,
Magazin’art, No 2, Winter 2001, pp.76-78; 106-107
Patricia Perron, “Passages”, Parcours vol.6, no 4, fall 2000, p.85
Michelle Gagnon, “Cash & Carry Art – Act now”, Hour, May 28 – June 3, 1998
“Lee Hyun Jou Solo Exhibition in Montreal”, Korean Times, November 4th 1998
Émilie Poiret, “Espaces intérieurs”, Vie des Arts, No 173, Winter 1998-99, p. 67
“Qui sont ces ethnies? – Montreal Asian Heritage Festival” (May 13th 1999)
“Lee Hyun Jou Art in Toronto”, Korean Times, November 2nd, 1999

Avantron Technologies Inc.
National Banque of Canada
National Banque of Paris
Dawcolectric Inc.
Formula Growth Ltd
Groupe Option Retraite
Interdigital Canada Ltée
Les Importations Sierra
Pratt & Whitney
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Montreal 
Union Canadienne 
The Ritz Carlton Hotel

Her works are also part of many other private collections in Canada, France, South Korea and in the United States.
Jou Lee is a member of the Asian Canadian Women Artist Association and President of the Korean Artist Association of Quebec.