Ms Lindy Lee

BA PhD GradDipVis (UNSW)
Senior Lecturer, Painting Studio

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1062
Fax +61 2 9351 1199

Biographical details

Lindy Lee is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists, with a career spanning three decades in Australia and internationally. Born in Brisbane, Lee’s works from the 1980s began an ongoing investigation into issues of selfhood, identity and authenticity via concepts of the copy and the original. Lee studied at The Chelsea School of Art, London in 1979–80, at SCA from 1981 to 1984 and later at UNSW. In 2001, a monograph on her work by Benjamin Gennochio and Melissa Chiu was published by Fine Arts Press and Craftsman House, Sydney. In 2008 Lee was the subject of an ABC TV documentary for the Artists at Work series.

Solo exhibitions include: Flowers Fall, 10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong; Birth & Death, Artspace, Sydney; Narrow Road to the Interior, Atrium Space, MITA, Australian High Commission, Singapore; No Up, No Down, I am the Ten Thousand Things, AGNSW, Sydney.
Group exhibitions include: Post Eden, Today Art Museum, Beijing 2010; Process/Journey, Australian Embasssy, Redgate Gallery, Beijing 2008; OPEN07, Venice, Italy 2007; Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2005: Image & Imagination, Montréal, Quebec, Canada 2005; Buddha: Radiant Awakening, AGBSW, Sydney 2002; Three Views of Emptiness: Buddhism and the art of Tim Johnson, Lindy Lee and Peter Tyndall, Monash University Museum of Art, Victoria 2001; Spirit + Place, MCA, Sydney 1997; and Photography is Dead, Long Live Photography, MCA, Sydney.

Research interests

Lindy Lee has always been preoccupied with the nature of self in the world – all related to being a divided self: Chinese and Australian, mostly feeling neither "this" nor "that" but both. Lee's Zen Buddhist practice provides a frame of reference and spiritual discipline for this exploration.
Lately Lee has been exploring images of the Chinese dragon and of fire, which is the embodiment of cosmic and elemental forces at play, forces beyond the realm of human intervention and yet completely material to human existence. In her latest works she uses fire to invoke something direct and elemental about existence – that the laws are the fabric to what we are.

Teaching and supervision

Majella Barbe, MFA

Lionel Bawden, MFA

Gloria Bohorquez Florez, MFA

Wendy Campbell, MFA

Shoufay Derz, PhD

Seon Ihn, PhD

Anna Jarvis, MFA

Danica Knezevic, MFA

Owen Leong, PhD

Helen Shelley, MFA

Pearl Shin, MFA

Dell Walker, PhD

Lachlan Warner, PhD

Associations

AGNSW, Trustee
Asialink Visual Arts Committee, Committee member

Selected publications & creative works

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Visual Art

  • Lee, L. (2013). 1. Flame from the Dragon's Pearl (fluid as ice), 2013 2. Flame from the Dragon's Pearl (open as the sky), 2013 3. Flame from the Dragon's pearl (teaching without saying a thing), 2013 4. Flame from the Dragon's Pearl (unnameable), 2013 5. Flame from the Dragon's Pearl (Innumerable and Wondrous), 2013. In: Universal Record of the Flame. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR of China).
  • Lee, L. (2012). 1. Cave of the Dharmas 2. Elemental 3. Fragments of the Way 4. In a Book of 5000 Words 5. Inside One Nien 6. Mudra 1-11 7. My Shadow flows into the World (burning into water) 8. My Shadow flows into the World (flowers fall) 9. My Shadow flows into the World (stones flying up to heaven) 10. Raindrops on a River 11. Star Shadows 12. Teisho of the Crystal Palace. In: Mystical Realism: A Record of Things Experienced. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2012). 1. Conflagrations from the End of Time 2. Immanence Arising 3. The Tenderness of Rain 4. Kalpa Fires 1-3 5. Conflagrations from the End of Time 1-10. In: Marking Time. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2012). 1. The Life of Form: One Billion Worlds 2. Simple Hearted Flowers 3.Terrace of the Immortals 4. Invisible 5. Immutable 6. Irreducible 7. Dream Bound 8. Perdure 9. The Other Side, transcendent 10. Full Negative 11. Forming Like a Single Dewdrop. In: One Billion Worlds. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2011). 1. Immanence Arising 2. The Tenderness of the Rain 3. Bubhi and the Dark Star 4. The Universal Record of the Flame. In: The Secret World of the Shadow 2011. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2011). 1. One by One 2. The Four Great Elements. In: Forces. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR of China).
  • Lee, L. (2011). Flame From the Dragon's Pearl. In: Shanghai ICF Residence. Sun Hung Kai Properties. Shanghai ICF Residence, 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).
  • Lee, L. (2010). 1. Conflagrations From the End of Time (1), 2009 2. Conflagrations From the End of Time (4), 2009 3. Conflagrations From the End of Time (5), 2009 4. Conflagrations From the End of Time (6), 2009 5. Conflagrations From the End of Time (8), 2009 6. Flowers Fall, 2009 7. Moon in a Dewdrop, 2009 8. Myriad, 2009 9. Shigo's Mirror, 2009. In: Flowers Fall. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR of China).
  • Lee, L. (2010). 1. Immanence arising 2010 2. 2008 cast bronze 3. Flowers Falling 2010 4. The tenderness of rain 5. Bubhi & The Dark star 6. Tearing 2010. In: PostEDEN. Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).
  • Lee, L. (2009). 1. The Depths and Shallows of the World 2. Dark Light of Lunar Night 3. Kalpa Fires (1) 4. Kalpa Fires (II) 5. Kalpa (III) 6. One Nien Sees Eternity 7. Conflagrations From the End of Time (2) 8. Conflagrations From the End of Time (3) 9. Conflagrations From the End of Time (7) 10. Conflagrations From the End of Time (9) 11. Conflagrations From the End of Time (10). In: Flames from the Dragon's Pearl. Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2009). Budhi and me. In: National Artists' Self Portrait Prize. The University of Queensland. The University of Queensland Art Museum, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2009). Lotus in the fire. In: Tempting God. China Art Projects. Depot Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2009). True Chien. In: Coming Home. Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Linda Gallery, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).
  • Lee, L. (2008). 1. Being Swallowed by the Milky Way 2. Dancing in the Rain of Fire 3. Dark Blossom 4. Dust 5. Dust and Dark Matter 6. Every Season 7. Feng Huang / Phoenix 8. Flames from the Dragon\'s Pearl (1) 9. Flames from the Dragon\'s Pearl (2) 10. Flames from the Dragon\'s Pearl (3) 11. Moonlight and Rain 12. Tales of Moonlight and Fire. In: Tales of Moonlight and Fire. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2008). 1. painting #1 for Zen teacher 2. painting #2 for Zen teacher 3. banner #1 for the Dojo 4. banner #2 for the Dojo 5. banner #3 for the Dojo 6. Jukai cloth. In: Zen Open Circle. Kodoji Temple, Gorricks Run, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2008). Yin-Yang. In: Yin-Yang: China in Australia. National Trust Centre. S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2007). 1. Meditation performance 2. Birth & Death 3. Event Without Movement 4. Spirit of Eternal Place. In: Sunshine State - Smart State. Cambeltown Arts Centre. Campbeltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2007). Lee Wooi's Family. In: Process / Journey. Australian Embassy, Beijing, China. Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).
  • Lee, L. (2006). 1. Clouds Forming, Rain Falling 2. Dark Star 3. Dissolving Night 4. Fire and Water 5. Jade Capital 6. Living Midnight 7. Nurturing the Fire 8. Cinnabar Heart 9. Darkness in the Sun 10. Three Realms 11. Seeing Essence 12. Nine Heavens, Nine Earths 13. Grain after grain. In: Dark Star. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2006). 1. Nonattained Kwanyin 2. Shin Chi (True Encounter) 4. Aunty 5. Venerable Chu-Chih 6. Brother Wah 7. Lily-Amah 8. Grandma Lee Wooi 09.Dark Star 10. Chu-Chih, the Pilgrim. In: Cycles Through a Chinese Landscape. Valentine Wille Fine Art. Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Lee, L. (2006). Grandma Lee Wooi archival pigmented inks on pure cotton canvas 211.5 x 60cm, unique print. In: Stolen Ritual. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2006). Lily-amah. In: Cycles Through a Chinese Landscape. Valentine Wille Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Lee, L. (2005). Title?. In: You Are Here. Valentine Wille Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Lee, L. (2004). 1. Guttai pays homage to Kwanyin on the island of Putuoshan 2. Guttai the Pilgrim 3. The Little Shield Maiden 4. The Little Shield Maiden is fierce in her love of the pilgrim 5. The Little Shield Maiden, Guttai and Trueworld 6. The Nun Trueworld 7. Trueworld in another light 8. Trueworld meets the one hidden in the sky. In: True World. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2004). 1. True World Greets the Pilgrim 2. True World 3. Shih-chi and Chu-chi 4. Chu-chi, 2004 5. Shi-chi. In: Trueworld and the pilgrim. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2004). Lindy Lee. In: Trueworld and the pilgrim. Lindy Lee. Roslyn Oxlet 9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2003). Birth and Death. In: Birth and Death. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2003). The Secret of the Golden Flower. In: The Secret of the Golden Flower. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2003). Title?. In: One Square Mile: Brisbane Boundaries. Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2003). titles?. In: Jia (Family, House, Home). Asia-Australia Art Centre / 2003 Carnivale Multicultural Arts Festival. Gallery 4A, Sydney, Australia.

Live Performance - Interarts

  • Lee, L. (2008). Performance piece. Melbourne, Australia, Afghanistan.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Lee, L. (2010). of Contemporary art Redlands Westpac Art Prize. Sydney, Australia: Mosman Art Gallery.

2013

  • Lee, L. (2013). 1. Flame from the Dragon's Pearl (fluid as ice), 2013 2. Flame from the Dragon's Pearl (open as the sky), 2013 3. Flame from the Dragon's pearl (teaching without saying a thing), 2013 4. Flame from the Dragon's Pearl (unnameable), 2013 5. Flame from the Dragon's Pearl (Innumerable and Wondrous), 2013. In: Universal Record of the Flame. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR of China).

2012

  • Lee, L. (2012). 1. Cave of the Dharmas 2. Elemental 3. Fragments of the Way 4. In a Book of 5000 Words 5. Inside One Nien 6. Mudra 1-11 7. My Shadow flows into the World (burning into water) 8. My Shadow flows into the World (flowers fall) 9. My Shadow flows into the World (stones flying up to heaven) 10. Raindrops on a River 11. Star Shadows 12. Teisho of the Crystal Palace. In: Mystical Realism: A Record of Things Experienced. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2012). 1. Conflagrations from the End of Time 2. Immanence Arising 3. The Tenderness of Rain 4. Kalpa Fires 1-3 5. Conflagrations from the End of Time 1-10. In: Marking Time. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2012). 1. The Life of Form: One Billion Worlds 2. Simple Hearted Flowers 3.Terrace of the Immortals 4. Invisible 5. Immutable 6. Irreducible 7. Dream Bound 8. Perdure 9. The Other Side, transcendent 10. Full Negative 11. Forming Like a Single Dewdrop. In: One Billion Worlds. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2011

  • Lee, L. (2011). 1. Immanence Arising 2. The Tenderness of the Rain 3. Bubhi and the Dark Star 4. The Universal Record of the Flame. In: The Secret World of the Shadow 2011. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2011). 1. One by One 2. The Four Great Elements. In: Forces. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR of China).
  • Lee, L. (2011). Flame From the Dragon's Pearl. In: Shanghai ICF Residence. Sun Hung Kai Properties. Shanghai ICF Residence, 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).

2010

  • Lee, L. (2010). 1. Conflagrations From the End of Time (1), 2009 2. Conflagrations From the End of Time (4), 2009 3. Conflagrations From the End of Time (5), 2009 4. Conflagrations From the End of Time (6), 2009 5. Conflagrations From the End of Time (8), 2009 6. Flowers Fall, 2009 7. Moon in a Dewdrop, 2009 8. Myriad, 2009 9. Shigo's Mirror, 2009. In: Flowers Fall. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR of China).
  • Lee, L. (2010). 1. Immanence arising 2010 2. 2008 cast bronze 3. Flowers Falling 2010 4. The tenderness of rain 5. Bubhi & The Dark star 6. Tearing 2010. In: PostEDEN. Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).
  • Lee, L. (2010). of Contemporary art Redlands Westpac Art Prize. Sydney, Australia: Mosman Art Gallery.

2009

  • Lee, L. (2009). 1. The Depths and Shallows of the World 2. Dark Light of Lunar Night 3. Kalpa Fires (1) 4. Kalpa Fires (II) 5. Kalpa (III) 6. One Nien Sees Eternity 7. Conflagrations From the End of Time (2) 8. Conflagrations From the End of Time (3) 9. Conflagrations From the End of Time (7) 10. Conflagrations From the End of Time (9) 11. Conflagrations From the End of Time (10). In: Flames from the Dragon's Pearl. Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2009). Budhi and me. In: National Artists' Self Portrait Prize. The University of Queensland. The University of Queensland Art Museum, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2009). Lotus in the fire. In: Tempting God. China Art Projects. Depot Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2009). True Chien. In: Coming Home. Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Linda Gallery, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).

2008

  • Lee, L. (2008). 1. Being Swallowed by the Milky Way 2. Dancing in the Rain of Fire 3. Dark Blossom 4. Dust 5. Dust and Dark Matter 6. Every Season 7. Feng Huang / Phoenix 8. Flames from the Dragon\'s Pearl (1) 9. Flames from the Dragon\'s Pearl (2) 10. Flames from the Dragon\'s Pearl (3) 11. Moonlight and Rain 12. Tales of Moonlight and Fire. In: Tales of Moonlight and Fire. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2008). 1. painting #1 for Zen teacher 2. painting #2 for Zen teacher 3. banner #1 for the Dojo 4. banner #2 for the Dojo 5. banner #3 for the Dojo 6. Jukai cloth. In: Zen Open Circle. Kodoji Temple, Gorricks Run, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2008). Performance piece. Melbourne, Australia, Afghanistan.
  • Lee, L. (2008). Yin-Yang. In: Yin-Yang: China in Australia. National Trust Centre. S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2007

  • Lee, L. (2007). 1. Meditation performance 2. Birth & Death 3. Event Without Movement 4. Spirit of Eternal Place. In: Sunshine State - Smart State. Cambeltown Arts Centre. Campbeltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2007). Lee Wooi's Family. In: Process / Journey. Australian Embassy, Beijing, China. Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).

2006

  • Lee, L. (2006). 1. Clouds Forming, Rain Falling 2. Dark Star 3. Dissolving Night 4. Fire and Water 5. Jade Capital 6. Living Midnight 7. Nurturing the Fire 8. Cinnabar Heart 9. Darkness in the Sun 10. Three Realms 11. Seeing Essence 12. Nine Heavens, Nine Earths 13. Grain after grain. In: Dark Star. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2006). 1. Nonattained Kwanyin 2. Shin Chi (True Encounter) 4. Aunty 5. Venerable Chu-Chih 6. Brother Wah 7. Lily-Amah 8. Grandma Lee Wooi 09.Dark Star 10. Chu-Chih, the Pilgrim. In: Cycles Through a Chinese Landscape. Valentine Wille Fine Art. Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Lee, L. (2006). Grandma Lee Wooi archival pigmented inks on pure cotton canvas 211.5 x 60cm, unique print. In: Stolen Ritual. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2006). Lily-amah. In: Cycles Through a Chinese Landscape. Valentine Wille Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2005

  • Lee, L. (2005). Title?. In: You Are Here. Valentine Wille Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2004

  • Lee, L. (2004). 1. Guttai pays homage to Kwanyin on the island of Putuoshan 2. Guttai the Pilgrim 3. The Little Shield Maiden 4. The Little Shield Maiden is fierce in her love of the pilgrim 5. The Little Shield Maiden, Guttai and Trueworld 6. The Nun Trueworld 7. Trueworld in another light 8. Trueworld meets the one hidden in the sky. In: True World. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2004). 1. True World Greets the Pilgrim 2. True World 3. Shih-chi and Chu-chi 4. Chu-chi, 2004 5. Shi-chi. In: Trueworld and the pilgrim. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2004). Lindy Lee. In: Trueworld and the pilgrim. Lindy Lee. Roslyn Oxlet 9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2003

  • Lee, L. (2003). Birth and Death. In: Birth and Death. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2003). The Secret of the Golden Flower. In: The Secret of the Golden Flower. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2003). Title?. In: One Square Mile: Brisbane Boundaries. Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Lee, L. (2003). titles?. In: Jia (Family, House, Home). Asia-Australia Art Centre / 2003 Carnivale Multicultural Arts Festival. Gallery 4A, Sydney, Australia.

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