Originates from Malaysia, having previously lived in London, The Netherland and Singapore, Lee is currently based in Sydney, Australia.
Thienny Lee is a true colourist, her style of painting is sophisticated yet childlike, blending imagination and reality into colourful and lively composition. The intense colours, crisply painted shapes and the meticulous attention to details demonstrate her naïve style of paintings. In her canvases, Thienny’s invites viewers to look through her eyes to the rich tropical botanical diversity. The uninhibited imaginativeness of lushness and innocence of nature world are transformed into colourful and dreamlike paintings which could take viewers on a thrilling journey through the sanctuary of tropical lush. Some of them succulents beneath a thick forest, while others over delicately flowering lily ponds or under the canopy of a mangrove or through the churning waters of a river and besides the ploughed meadow of a rice paddock… Led by her lyrical and rhythmic brush strokes, viewers are easily transfixed into a state of deep exploration and discovery, experience a rare sense of unity with nature when standing in the presence of her works. Her works are heavily influenced by her passion to the nature and it is in them that she pays homage and respect to the land before us and that remains with us today.
Her other art works including a series of children books’ illustrations that show a riot of colour with childlike drawings.
Lee graduated from University of Hertfordshire, England and later obtained her MA in (Asian) History of Art and Archaeology at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She was awarded PhD by the University of Sydney in 2016.
2008 aidha Book Launch Exhibition (2008) aidha, Singapore
2003 Greenwaves Jewel Ashley Gallery, Singapore
1997 Far East Exhibition Rumte voor Kunst en Cultuur, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Corporate and private collections in Malaysia, Singapore, UK, USA and The Netherlands.