One to Watch

Joon-Hyung Lee

Joon-Hyung Lee is an emerging artist based in Seoul, South Korea. He received his BFA in 2002 from Seoul National University, and later his MA in 2006 from the University of the Arts, London. His central focus is to explore the human figure, paying particular attention to the face and its multitude of expressions.

Through the use of loose brushstrokes and bright, vivid colors, he depicts the human face in extreme emotional states. Influenced by Francis Bacon’s treatment of the human subject, Joon-Hyung has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in Seoul and London. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Joongang Fine Arts Prize, and in 2012 he was selected for the emerging artist program by the Seoul Museum of Art.