Tae Lee sees their peaceful artworks as an offering to those living through uncertain times
The LA-based artist wants you to lose yourself in their flowing, richly coloured and nature-filled world.
- Olivia Hingley
- 11 January 2023
For artist Tae Lee, painting is an important means of exploring the self. Even on what they describe as the “low stakes space of a single canvas”, they use creativity as “an opportunity to become aware of myself and ego, so I can process emotions through expansion and expression”. Moreover, Tae sees his peaceful work – full of natural imagery, rich colours bleeding into one another and mythological-like figures – as a means of giving back, and creating mutual healing. “I offer up my humble artistic practice as a piece of kindling for the people living in our times of environmental calamity, civil injustice and yearning for global equanimity.”
Rather than finding inspiration in one specific place, Tae sources influences from everything that surrounds them. And when perusing social media, Tae most enjoys seeing the vast, varied beauty of work on show. “The kaleidoscope of colours, shapes, movement and poetry that we all partake in bringing to this world is indescribable through words,” he ends. “I feel inspiration from it all.”
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About the Author
Olivia (she/her) joined the It’s Nice That team as an editorial assistant in November 2021 and soon became staff writer. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English literature and history, she’s particularly interested in photography, publications and type design.