"We need visual myths that will identify the individual not with his local group but with the planet."
- Joseph Campbell
Arthur Kwon Lee is a Korean American visual artist best known for commenting on man’s sense of personal identity through large scale paintings and murals. Lee has dedicated his practice to combating postmodernism through a combination of unique mark making in conjunction to repressed archetypal subject matter. From the oceanic awareness to the integration of one’s shadow, it is common to experience a myriad of psychoanalytical references and historic symbolism throughout his body of work.
As a member of the Jung Society of Washington, Lee’s influences implicitly go across the board from Campbell, Alan Watts, Jordan Peterson, GK Chesterton, Schopenhauer, Black Pigeon Speaks, Stefan Molyneux and the evident Carl Jung.
AKL has produced a chain of murals across the east coast and his paintings have been exhibited in Italy's Gallery of San Carpoforo, the Skyline, Gallery 31, the Target Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Lee is currently working out of RONIN浪人STUDIO, off the strip on 18th and Columbia Road NW (Adams Morgan – Washington, DC).