Hun Chung Lee

Born in Seoul, South Korea and currently based in both Seoul and Los Angeles, Hun Chung Lee is a master ceramicist. Lee earned his BFA and MFA in ceramic sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul, before moving to the United States to obtain a second MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. He then pursued a PhD in Architecture in Korea. The range in Lee’s education speaks to his diverging aesthetic and conceptual interests, alongside his vision to merge the seemingly distinct disciplines of art, design, and architecture into a singular whole. Over the course of his career, Lee created a vast array of functional and collective design works, as well as diminutive ceramic objects, large-scale installations, and multi-part fine works of art. Lee’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at R & Company, New York, Arario Museum in SPACE, Seoul, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, among others.

Hun Chung Lee’s masterful approach to ceramics requires significant engagement with and knowledge of his materials. He hand-sculpts each work, painting layers of glaze over the course of several days and exerting the expertise he has honed over 30 years, while embracing the mystery and surprise of the process. Often inspired by nature, Lee employs delicate and purposeful color palettes onto simple forms which is demonstrated in his Oblong Concrete Table with Colored Ceramic Stool

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