Monica Lee

"My inspiration comes from photography. I like black and white photographs because of their classic quality. Thus, my drawings are in black and white. I like the idea of using something as simple as a pencil to create a piece of art. My style emphasizes the details and textures of the subject matter."

Kevin - Graphite 21 x 31 in.

Malaysian artist, Monica Lee (b. 1979) worked as a digital imaging artist for her father's advertising photography studio for 12 years. It wasn't until 2013 that she decided to pick up a pencil again, just for fun, quickly to realize that she still loved drawing. Quitting her job, she started her journey as a full-time artist.

Growing up appreciating photography, made the concept of photorealism appealing to her. Specializing in graphite pencils and charcoal, she works from a photograph, recreating what she sees and further exaggerating or emphasizing the details in her drawings. Through her works, she aims to portray the beauty of wildlife animals. In 2015, Monica was named one of 40 Under 40 winners by Perspective, Hong Kong's premier architecture and design magazine. And in 2016, she was the 1st Prize recipient in Realism Animal Category at the American Art Awards. Recently, she participated in a group exhibition “My Tiger Values: The Art of the Tiger” by Balai Seni Maybank.

Tigress and Her Bone - Graphite 21 x 31 in.
Cloudy - Graphite 21 x 31 in.
Majestic Beauty - Charcoal and graphite 35 x 51 in.
Hide and Seek - Charcoal and graphite 23.5 x 35.5 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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