Lee Wen (b.1957)


Lee Wen is a multidisciplinary artist and one of Singapore’s most internationally recognised contemporary artists. Best known for his Yellow Man series, painting his own body with bright yellow poster paint, he expresses an exaggerated symbol of his ethnic identity as a citizen of Singapore. Lee now lives and works extensively on a global circuit and based between Singapore and Tokyo.

Lee Wen’s performances and installations often expose and question the ideologies and value systems of individuals as well as social structures. His work attempts to combine Southeast Asian contexts with international currents in contemporary art. His early practice was associated with the Artists Village, an alternative art group in Singapore and later forged a more individuated artistic career.

Notable exhibitions & performances:
{2015} Songs Unsung, iPreciation, SINGAPORE; ‘Secret Archipelago’, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, FRANCE; Whose Game is It?, Royal College Of Art, London, Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions,ENGLAND {2014}    Mirrors In The Dark, Grey Projects, SINGAPORE {2013}    Singapore Biennale 2013: If The World Changed”, Singapore Art Museum, SINGAPORE {2012} Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams In The Reverie Of The Real, Singapore Art Museum, SINGAPORE {2004} Busan Biennale; {2003} Strange Fruit, The Substation, SINGAPORE {1999} the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane {1994} the 4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka 


Title: Journey of a Yellow Man, 1996
Medium: Photograph & Mixed Media on paper
Size: 42 x 29cm