Born 1954, Brisbane. Lives and works Sydney.
Lindy Lee is a painter whose practice centres on portraiture and the self. Her practice is informed by the eastern philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism and their teachings on the relationship between humanity and the universe. Symbolic gestures and processes that call on the element of chance are often used in her work. Lee began exhibiting in the 1980s, when she overlaid photocopied Renaissance portraits with transparent layers of paint (The Silence of Painters, 1989). In the mid-1990s she began incorporating portraits of family members into works that questioned ideas of cultural authenticity and acknowledged her own cultural background. At around the same time she started exploring abstraction, influenced by the monochromes of American abstract painter Ad Reinhardt. Buddhism has become increasingly significant in Lee’s practice, and her work of the 1990s sought to break down individual identity through decomposition of the image and the application of monochromatic wax splatters across its surface.
Lee has exhibited in Australia and Asia since the 1980s, including when her work was shown in the 1985 Perspecta at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the 1986 Biennale of Sydney. Her work was shown in Marking Time, MCA, Sydney (2012); Yin-Yang: China in Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (2008); We are Australian Too: Women Against Racism, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2006); Element, BIAC, Beijing (2005); and Sight Seeing, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (2004). Lee’s work is held in numerous major state, regional, private and university collections in Australia.