A digital archive of Asian/Asian American contemporary art history

Lee, Sang Nam

Other Names: Sangnam


"My paintings begin, not from objects of nature, but from shapes formed by human imagination. Ultimately, I do not recognize dualities like nature versus artifact, existence versus essence, real versus ideal.

The deep structure of my icons consists of straight lines and circles. All shapes are composite manifestations of this deep structure. The straight line is death, the circle life. All time is a composite of straight line and circles.

My art is always [embracing] the straight line of death and the circle of life. My art is found where line and circle and circle vanish. This is what I call awakening or release eternity."

Sang Nam Lee, Artist Statement, 2001

Gallery of Selected Works