Arthur Kwon Lee is a Korean American visual artist born in Washington, DC. Arthur Kwon is best known for capturing archetypal imagery through a combination of historical figures and cultural mythologies across the globe - his paintings can be described as a marriage between psychoanalytical thinking and Fauvism. Lee has been exhibited and been awarded by the George Washington University, the Overseas National Institute and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, only to name a few. Last year, Arthur Kwon was awarded as the DMV's Asian American artist of 2018 by President Baek of the Korean Society of Maryland for his contributions towards the community through visual means. His personal influences go across the board from his relationship to the Jung Society of Washington, social and financial investment into local religious communities and a lifelong commitment in martial arts. Arthur Kwon is obsessed with capturing the duality in human nature, his paintings often stack themes that appear contradictory at first glance but when looked upon in depth breathe an honest attempt to animate the deepest convictions of our collective unconscious. His paintings are by nature intense with a myriad of philosophical undertones. In a time where Western culture attempts to deconstruct all things traditional and masculine with its praise of postmodernism and abstracted relativity, Arthur Kwon’s work stands in budding contrast to the very thought.
His work was first published in the Washington Korea Times when he was only 9 years of age after entering a high school National Art contest under an older alias to which he took the Grand Prize. Before this love of painting, Arthur Kwon was a Division One ranked athlete winning Bronze in the US Tae Kwon Do Nationals for 3 consecutive years. The intensity Arthur experienced at this time of his life continues through his artwork, the scale and the diversity of dynamic brushstrokes he produces tells the story of a man who needs to use his entire body when painting. He has exhibited his paintings at the Gallery of San Carpoforo in Milan, The Bullock Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has had the honor of being the resident artist for institutions such as McLean Project for the Arts and the Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation. Lee's paintings are symbolically evocative whilst making oblique references to the archetypal mythos. The luminous colors, gestural expressionism and movement has made his artwork a highly sought over object of desire and representation of our times.