Gil Rae Lee

(South Korea 1961 -)


Biography

Lee Gilrae has used nature as his source of inspiration, crafting intricate, organic, tree-form sculptures from steel and copper, in response to continued deforestation, depletion of natural resources and environment crisis. His works consist of surreal, leafless trees, with spiraling branches that are unnatural in structure but organic in aesthetics.
Lee Gilrae is the recipient of several awards such as the Korea Association of Art Critics Award in 2015 or the Special Award in the 8th Great Art Exhibition of Korea in 1989. He has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide and features in numerous private and public collections such as the Seoul Museum of Art, the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, the Samsung Foundation of Culture, the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul or the Nampo Art Museum in South Korea.

Exhibition

EDUCATION
2003 Tokyo Designer Gakuin College, Japan

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 LEE Gil Rae - TIMELESS PINE TREE, Opera Gallery, Seoul
2017 The 10th Solo Exhibition, Opera Gallery, New York
2015 The 9th Solo Exhibition, Gyumjaejungsun Museum, Seoul
2012 The 8th Solo Exhibition, Galerie bk, Seoul
2010 The 7th Solo Exhibition, Savina Museum, Seoul
2008 The 6th Solo Exhibition, Savina Museum, Seoul
2007 The 5th Solo Exhibition, Art-space Camerata, Seoul
Korean Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul Art Center,
Hangaram Art Museum
2003 The 4th Solo Exhibition, Galerie Bhak, Seoul
2001 The 3rd Solo Exhibition, Galerie Bhak, Seoul
1997 The 2nd Solo Exhibition, Kum-Ho Museum, Seoul
1991 The 1st Solo Exhibition, Gallery Ye-Hyang, Seoul

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 ONE INSPIRATION - The Very First Ideas from Korean Traditional and Culture, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art
2019 ONE INSPIRATION – The Very First Ideas from Korean Traditional and Culture, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art
Eternal Spring - Cho Sung Hee & Lee Gil-Rae / Singapore, Opera Gallery
2018 From Nature to Culture. An Insight into Contemporary Korean Art, Opera Gallery, Paris
Made in Asia, Opera Gallery, New York
Transcending Matter, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong
The Daily Look From Art, Opera Gallery, Singapore
The Art of Matter, Opera Gallery, Monaco
Korean Contemporary, Opera Gallery, Seoul

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2015 Korea Association of Art Critics Award
1995 Special Award in Jung-Ang Biennale
1989 Special Award in the 8th Great Art Exhibition of Korea
1988 Participation Award in the 11th Jung-Ang Greate Art Exhibition
1987 Special Award in the 5th Greate Art Exhibition of the youth

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
DaeMyung Building office
Eastern District Court
London Boutique Hotel in UK
Intercontinental Hotel in Hefei
Kwachon National Museum of Contemporary Art
Seoul Museum of Art
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art
Samsung Foundation of Culture