Sang Lee was born in Seoul, Korea in 1949. A single mother raised him, since his father was killed during the Korean War. “I was very lucky to be born in Nay Nam (Located on the south side of Korea.). It was a perfect place to learn all about nature” Sang Lee says. “My town was facing the ocean and was surrounded by beautiful mountains. It was an incredible sight and it was where I became an eternal lover of Nature.” It was his great love for the sea that led him to become one of the best painters in Korea.
Lee made his decision to become a painter at the young age of eighteen. From 1968 thru 72 he attended the University of Seoul where he graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. Mr. Lee was a professor at the Dong Book Art School from 1976 through 1980. He was awarded First prize gold metals in the National Arts Exhibition of Korea in both 1977 and 1980, and in 1985 he earned the Grand Prize at Gu San Jun-Cone, which was the largest and most prestigious art competition in Korea. He immigrated to the United States in 1985 in search of artistic freedom and the opportunity to pursue his career in painting. He Lee has had several exhibitions of his work in Japan, Korea and Canada.
Sang Lee has never forgotten his love for the ocean and continues to paint the oceans on both coasts of the United States. Some recognizable locations of his seascapes are Point Lobos and Big Sur on the West Coast and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. He is also known for his French countryside landscapes and stunning floral still-lifes, that display his unique ability to create light and a feeling of depth in each of his compositions. Not only are his paintings wonderful to view and live with, but a steadily increasing demand for his work makes this artist highly collectable. “Tilting at Windmills Gallery” is pleased to include works by Sang Lee in our collection of artists.