Opened in early 2017, Thienny Lee Gallery has strived to provide a space for promising emerging to established artists within the illustrious Sydney art scene. The Gallery is strongly committed to host inspiring, exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions of modern and contemporary works from the local and the international artists working across a variety of media, engaging a community of inclusivity and respect amongst its visitors and exhibitors.
The Gallery Founding Director Thienny Lee (PhD, MA, BSc) is both an Artist and an Asian Art Historian. As an artist, Lee has exhibited as far afield as The Netherlands and Singapore; being an art historian she gained her MA in Asian Art and Archeology from the University of London (SOAS) and awarded PhD by the University of Sydney in 2016. Her solid foundation in art, both in theory and practise has profoundly shaped The Gallery’s dynamic annual exhibition program that is driven by a vision of pushing boundaries innovation and excellence.
Originally from Malaysia, Lee long-standing passion for and professional association with contemporary art naturally extends towards countries in the Southeast Asian region. Thienny Lee Gallery is consequently a continuation and a transformation from her previous studio gallery, Alam Thienny, in Singapore. Lee curatorial approach seeks to reconcile the cultural variations and hierarchies that create division between Western and Asian Art. She draws connections between the contemporary experiences and expressions of artists between the two cultures. The Gallery exhibits the works of both diverse and artistically rich regions on an equal footing, celebrating the multiplicity of contemporary practice today – a combination that comes to characterise Thienny Lee Gallery’s dynamic annual exhibition program.
In addition to fostering the professional development of artists through their careers, Thienny Lee Gallery also promotes engagement in art with the younger generation through its Kids Art Prize, in which its annual exhibition proudly supporting The Smith Family Charity.