What Is a David Lee Painting?


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David Lee is a Chinese-American artist renowned for his watercolor-on-silk paintings. He utilizes classical, fine Oriental brush strokes while depicting elements of nature, specifically flora and fauna, with a remarkable and accomplished sense of composition and style.

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David Lee was born in 1944 in Canton, China and grew up in Hong Kong, where he began painting at the age of 4. He went on to the win the Chinese National Painting Competition, thus winning a deal he struck with his father to allow him to give up his medical studies to pursue a career in art. David Lee was the youngest person ever to win this prestigious award. He earned a B.A. in Fine Arts at Taiwan University, and also studied at the Kaoshung University in Taiwan and the Far East Academy of Art in Hong Kong.

He later moved to Hawaii, where he worked in the Foreign Affairs Department in the Consulate General of the Republic of China before he decided to devote all his time to art. His artwork is featured in over 300 galleries, universities and museums worldwide, and many of his works are in private collections, most notably in the private collection of the Imperial Family of Japan. Lee has received numerous awards and accolades from the governments of the Republic of China and Switzerland, as well as the city of Honolulu. He was also honored with the Gold Key to the City in Osaka, Japan.

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