SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2018
July 21st, 2018
San Diego Comic-Con International is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention held annually and regarded as one of the most coveted art conventions inernationally due to the nature of their invite-only procedure. Originally showcasing primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, the convention has since included a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including fine arts, anime and current trending popular music artists. Lee was brought as a guest artist in the autograph alley as an up and coming painter, he than showcased a 45-minute live painting session sponsored by the NFL Alumni San Diego Chapter.
SPRING BENEFIT 2018
(McLean Project for the Arts)
May 31st, 2018
McLean Project for the Arts hosted its signature Spring Benefit at a private residence in McLean, VA. Guests of the benefit enjoyed a festive spring evening in the company of fellow MPA friends and supporters along with a live performance painting by Arthur Kwon Lee. Mr. Lee captured the essence of the celebration by spontaneously painting caricatures of the attendees throughout the evening in an entertaining and interactive fashion.
ONE LOVE MANASSAS
(Celebration of Life with the Arts in Historic Manassas)
May 19th, 2018
"ONE LOVE MANASSAS" is a transformative 3-day multi-media art event that is a celebration of life and our diverse artistic community. The event is designed to give artists a platform to perform, share and leverage their art to the betterment of the community, while raising awareness and inspiring hope for the love of all artistic platforms. Without any prior planning, AKL was given only 10 minutes to produce a juxtaposed portrait with a complimentary color scheme.
Passport to the World: Collaboration with the Dave Kline Band at the Creative Cauldron
February 2nd, 2018
The Passport to the World Festival is a unique series that celebrates the music and arts of cultures around the world featuring traditional music and dance bands along with fusion bands and contemporary artists that draw inspiration from world music. The finale of the extravagant series featured the fiery electric jazz violinist Dave Kline, to which sounds from Caribbean, the Middle East, Latin American and Europe were showcased.
In the spirit of improvisation, "JAZZ LIONS" was produced with no planning under an hour and half set. The gestural brush marks and vibrant colors reflect both the composing and emotional aura implied through Dave's acoustic melodies.
"JAZZ LIONS" is available for sale, contact Christian Xian Oh for further details.
Passport to the World: Collaboration with David Schulman and The Quiet Life Motel at the Creative Cauldron
January 7th, 2018
The Passport to the World Festival is a unique series that celebrates the music and arts of cultures around the world featuring traditional music and dance bands along with fusion bands and contemporary artists that draw inspiration from world music. David Schulman and The Quiet Life Motel's album was ranked #3 in Best DC Jazz Albums of 2016 by CapitolBop.
In the spirit of improvisation, "I Am Erica (I America)" was produced with no planning under an hour and half set. The gestural brush marks and vibrant colors reflect both the composing and emotional aura implied through Mr. Schulman's acoustic melodies.
TRANSITIONS: Collaboration with SNRG
November 30th, 2017
SNRG is a Philippine Hip-Hop duo that produces in depth lyrics in combination with poetic prowess best described as "electro-retro-rhythm-and-rock". For the music video to their track "Transitions" the Canlas brothers collaborated with Arthur Kwon Lee in producing a visual and audio process of experimentation in warm red tones to produce a guardian angel over the Washington, DC skyline. 'Transitions' was initially complete in a two hour performance, Arthur than held a workshop with inner city charter school students in his studio to produce an additional layer on top of the huge painting. The result was that of a multifaceted portrait with rudimentary rendered still life objects.
Grand Opening of TD Bank (McLean, VA)
October 10th, 2017
In honor of the grand opening of a new TD Bank, Arthur Kwon Lee painted a triptych onto three canvases in an 8 hour framed festival. Three universal themes were explored in the performance being patriotism, community and children as our future. In the spirit of festivity there was an outdoor buffet, rock and roll bands and expressive visual arts showcased live.
"The Worlds Strongest" is available for sale, contact Christian Xian Oh for further details.
SPRING BENEFIT 2017
(McLean Project for the Arts)
May 18th, 2017
McLean Project for the Arts hosted its signature Spring Benefit at a private residence in McLean, VA. Guests of the benefit enjoyed a festive spring evening in the company of fellow MPA friends and supporters along with a live performance painting by Arthur Kwon Lee. Mr. Lee painted a triptych of three improvised works of art on the theme of appreciating the aesthetics of Mother Nature through a portrait, mandala and ecological symbolism. Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection, served as the evening’s guest of honor where she extrapolated the subject further on the social function of the arts in our culture and historical cohesion.
ANIMA & ANIMUS I & II at The Bullock HITT Gallery
(McLean Project for the Arts)
March 30th, 2017
In "ANIMA & ANIMUS" Lee explored the theme of masculine and feminine energies reciprocally balancing one another in a palette of cool blue tones at the Bullock Gallery through the McLean Project for the Arts. After completing the painting in an hour and a half the group engaged in a stimulating discussion on both the creative process and the subject of psychological integration through archetypal imagery, the conversation was moderated by ArtReach director of MPA Sharon Fishel.