A Conversation with Jane Lee

One of Singapore’s foremost contemporary artists, Jane Lee works primarily with the medium of paint, creating visually resplendent works that draw the viewer in with their heavily textured surfaces and dynamic presences. Much of Lee’s work seeks to redefine painting’s conventions while vividly bringing to life paint and painting’s materiality and processes. ART SG speaks with Lee to hear how she found her ‘voice’ in abstraction, and her journey as an artist.

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Jane Lee in her studio. Image by Sarah Isabelle Tan. 

Interview by Tan Siuli

Image credits:
1. Jane Lee in her studio. Image by Sarah Isabelle Tan.
2. Jane Lee’s studio. Image by Sarah Isabelle Tan.
3. Jane Lee. Image courtesy of the artist. 
4. Jane Lee, ‘Raw Canvas’, 2008, at the National Gallery Singapore. Image by Sarah Isabelle Tan. 
5. Jane Lee, ‘Status’, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist and Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
6. Jane Lee’s studio. Image by Sarah Isabelle Tan
7. Jane Lee. Image courtesy of the artist.
8. Detail of ‘Raw Canvas’. Image by Sarah Isabelle Tan
9. Jane Lee, Alpha and Omega, 2022. Image courtesy of a private collection.
10. Jane Lee, ‘Where Is Painting #5’, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Jane Lee: Where Is Painting is on view at Sundaram Tagore Gallery (Singapore) from 20 August to 29 October 2022.

Jane Lee will also be presenting works with Sundaram Tagore Gallery at ART SG 2023.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TAN SIULI

Tan Siuli is an independent curator with over a decade of experience encompassing the research, presentation and commissioning of contemporary art from Southeast Asia. Major exhibition projects include two editions of the Singapore Biennale (2013 and 2016), inter-institutional traveling exhibitions, as well as mentoring and commissioning platforms such as the President’s Young Talents exhibition series. She has also lectured on Museum-based learning and Southeast Asian art history at institutes of higher learning in Singapore. Her recent speaking engagements include presentations on Southeast Asian contemporary art at Frieze Academy London and Bloomberg’s Brilliant Ideas series.

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