Artist Gallery: Donald Lee

Donald Lee

Nathan Phillips Square
Booth 198

Inspired by the beauty and complexity of Chinese characters, Donald Lee contemplates how Chinese writing came to be, and how countless unnamed creative individuals contributed to the formation of thousands of abstract characters throughout history.

To partake in this continuum, but with different intents, Donald explores his own personal way of inventing and expressing abstract characters through a process sequence that involves drawing, writing and painting.  The resulting quality of each character is to be distinct like fingerprints and recognizable like faces.

Donald sees writing as a type of drawing, exercises drawing in the form of writing, and employs invented characters as the subject of his paintings.  These are driven by his interest to experience how things come together and to deepen his awareness of the nature of becoming.

Line-by-line, he experiences the coming together of drawings.
Character-by-character, he deepens the experience with repetition in writing.
Colour-by-colour, he captures the formation of paintings.
From drawing to writing to painting, he contemplates and expresses the nature of becoming.

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