Tekkhean Lee


Important Times, 2020

Relief Print: Woodblock, Handmade Paper
21 x 29.7 cm each
Artist collection

Tekkhean Lee, "Important Times" series, 2020, Relief Print: Woodblock, Handmade Paper, 21 x 29.7 cm each, Artist collection


About the Artist

Tekkhean Lee is from Lenggong, Perak in Malaysia. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, and The Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts. He was awarded the bronze prize of the 19th International Biennial Print Exhibit R.O.C (2020), shortlisted for multiple editions of the New Year Prints Exhibition of R.O.C. (2008; 2013; 2014; 2016), and for the Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition (2009; 2011), Guanlan International Print Biennial (2009), Da Dun Fine Arts Exhibition (2006; 2012), Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial (2015), and more. Lee’s identity often shifts between artist and musician. He was a bassist in the IGUband and was also an art teacher in Singapore.

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About the Exhibit

Tekkhean Lee visited Hong Kong in the summer of 2019. Since then, he has presented his observations in woodblock printing. In the 1930s, Lu Xun initiated the Modern Woodcut Movement and proposed to use woodblock printing to awaken the national consciousness of Chinese people and express empathy towards their suffering. When compared with other art mediums, woodblock printing was considered a quick and convenient way to circulate social critique. Deeply inspired by the history of woodblock printing, Lee carved bold lines with strong contrasts of light and dark. As white terror descends upon our city, a consensus was reached between the organiser and the artist to replace the original prints with blank hand-made papers. These blank papers embody an ineffable heaviness.

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