Originally from Malaysia, Dr. Thienny Lee has a life-long knowledge of and professional academic association with countries in the Southeast Asian area. She is both an artist and a historian of Asian Art and Textiles. Thienny has taught Asian History at the University of Sydney, and the history of Contemporary Southeast Asian Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.
Through proximity alone Southeast Asian art should be more familiar to us than art from Europe or America, but it can feel foreign. Thienny’s passion for and expertise in Southeast Asia art offers Australian audiences a unique insight into this diverse, artistically rich region that is right on Australia’s doorstep.
Batik, wayang kulit (shadow puppets), lacquer work, and even religious mural paintings are just a few of the traditional methods as used by contemporary artists that will be showcased, along with works by a range of Southeast Asian artists using many other media.
More importantly, the gallery’s vision is not limited to the Southeast Asian region, it is dedicated to produce engaging exhibitions by both established and emerging from all parts of the world, Sydney in particular – a combination that will come to characterise Thienny Lee Gallery’s dynamic annual exhibition program.