Theresa Lee

After many years of painting in Abstract, Impressionistic and Realistic styles,Theresa Lee
has found her true genre in a body of Semi-Abstract images.

Born in Seoul, South Korea,Theresa studied at the National Teacher College, and after moving to Canada, she enrolled at North Vancouver’s Capilano College, subsequently graduating from Emily Carr College of Art & Design with a degree in Studio Art.

“I enjoy experimenting to find unique ways of expressing my inner feeling without losing faith in the subject matter. Playing light & shadow with spontaneity, and splitting shape and color, I create a sense of drama and visual excitement.”

Theresa’s award-winning work has been featured in books and news articles and she
has been interviewed on the television show, Art Update. Painting full time from her studio on the beautiful British Columbia Sunshine Coast, Theresa continues to exhibit  internationally. Her paintings hang in private collections throughout Canada, United States, Germany, China and Japan.


Galleries Representing Works

Education & Memberships

  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Status
  • Member of International Artists Supported Group, US
  • Member of Sunshine Arts Council
  • Member Art Focus Group, Toronto, Ontario
  • B.F.A. in Studio Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver , BC (1997)
  • Diploma in Studio Art, Capilano College, North Vancouver, BC (1991)
  • Graduated with Major in Art Education, Seoul National Teacher College, South Korea (1972)

International Shows

2017 - "Inner & Outer Horizons", Amsterdam Whitney Galley, New York, New York (Mar 31 - May 2, 2017)
2016 - "Open Art Code", Venice, Italy (Feb 4 - Feb 20, 2016)
2015 - International Contemporay Masters Art Exhibition. Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (April 15 - July 3)
2015 - Art Expo. Pier 94. NYC , New York, USA (April 23 - 26)
2014 - KIAF ( Korea International Art Fair). Seoul, Korea (September 24 - September 29)
2014 - International Tour Show. Gallery 89, Paris, France (September 24- 30)
2013 - Art Expo, New York, NY, USA
2013 - International Tour Show, Pao Gallery, Hongkong Art Centre, Beijhing, China. Alburquerque, NY, USA 
2012 - KIAF (Korea International Art Fair).Seoul, Korea
2012 - International Tour Show, Istanbul, Turkey, Bejing, China.
2011 - International Tour Show. Harbin,China; .Albuquweque ,U.S.A.; Muju, Korea.
2010 - International Tour Show, Gallery Edel, Japan; June 9th
2010 - Provincial Museum of Kyungam & Art Gallery of Chang Won, University South Korea
2009 - International Show, Park Fine Art, US & Kyong In Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 
20092007 - Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy; invited twice
2008 - International Artists Supported Group Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
2008 - Art Crawl, Contemporary Art Center, New Mexico, US
2006 - International Trade Show, Hanna Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2004 - Gallery "Na", Seoul, South Korea

Solo Shows

2016 - Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, NY (May 6 - June 2016)
2015 - Natural Aficionados, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, NY, USA (March - April 28)
2013 - Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, NY, USA (September 3 - October 1)
2013 - Artifact Gallery, New York, NY, USA (September 9 - September 29) 
2013 - Art Expo, New York. USA
2013 - International Tour Show: Pao Gallery, Honkong Art Center, Beijing,China. Alburquerque, USA. 
2010 - "Fall In Love With Forest", Pera Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 - "Woods, Water & We", Park Fine Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico, US
1997 - "Difficult Harmony", Sunshine Coast Art Council,Sechelt, BC Canada


2009 Florence Biennale, December 5-13, 2009, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Italia (Photos)
2008 "Art Focus 08", Mackay Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 IASG Member Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
2008 Solo Show, "Wood, Water & We", Park Fine Art Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2007 Florence Biennial, December 1 - 9, 2007, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Italia (Photos)
2006 Charity show, Children's Hospital Foundation, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, BC 
2005 Abstraction, Federation of Canadian Artists, Federation Gallery, Vancouver 
2005 Blossoms show, Federation of Canadian Artists
2004 Small Smallest Show, Federation of Canadian Artists 
2004 International Art Trade Show, Seoul, Korea
2004 Artist’s Choice Show, Federation of Canadian Artists
2004 Altered States Show, Federation of Canadian Artists
2004 Invitational Show, Sunshine Coast Art Center
2004 Original Print Show, Federation of Canadian Artists
2004 Black & White Show, Federation of Canadian Artists
2004 Artspacific, Delta Art Council
2003 Reality Better Show, Federation of Canadian Artists
2003 Artspacific, Delta Art Council
2002 B.C Art Festival (Image & Object), Surrey Art Centre
2002 June Juried Show, Federation of Canadian Artists
2002 ArtsPacific, Delta Art Council
2001 International Art Trade Show, Seoul, Korea
1999 Summer Invitational Exhibition, Sunshine Coast Art Centre
1998 B.C. Art Festival (Image & Object), Prince George, BC
1997 Solo Exhibition “Difficult Harmony", Sunshine Coast Art Centre 
1996 Summer Invitational Exhibition, Sunshine Coast Art Centre
1996 North Shore Art Festival “Visual Edge”
1994 Annual Juried Show - Sunshine Coast Art Centre
1994 Graduation Exhibition, Emily Carr Institute
1991 Graduation Exhibition, Capilano College

Awards, Publications, Media

  • West Vancouver Art Council Award (1993)
  • Northshore Art Festival, Artist's Choice Award (1996)
  • Published Article in news paper “Coast Independent ” ( Oct13, 1997)
  • Article in the Book “Sun Shine Sketch” by Terry Barker
  • Article on news paper “Korean Daily ”
  • TV Interview “Art Update” shows, Coast Cable hosted by Kathy Borango


Led Workshop for Painting on Fabric at Teacher’s Conference “Satisfy The Sense”; Chatelege Secondary School, Sechelt (Oct 2000 )