Gil-Rae LEE

Lee Gil-Rae graduated from Kyunghee University after studying in the department of art education, later going on to gain his Masters in the discipline of sculpture.

For twenty years Lee Gil-Rae had used nature as his muse to craft sculpture from steel and copper pipe. With rapid deforestation Lee Gil-Rae’s trees narrate the artificial nature that city dwellers so closely identify with. The man-made and constructed simulation of nature is apparent in all towns and cities. Nature is removed and confined to make room for the ever expanding population. In his persistent need to create organic forms Lee Gil-Rae takes it one step further in creating man-made nature. He constructs enormous forests of steel and copper, capturing this rapidly depleting resource for eternity. His works construct a surreal, leafless forest that one can meander, spiralling branches unnatural in structure but organic in aesthetic, draw the viewer to witness the intricate exterior that mimics the curves and notches of aged tree bark harmoniously. His sprawling branches fan out, tipped with wisps of copper representing the needles of the pine trees in true homage to Mother Nature.

Lee Gil-Rae has participated in several exhibitions in Korea, America and Japan and features in numerous permanent collections.

  • Chae Sung-Pil & Lee Gil Rae

    Chae Sung-Pil & Lee Gil Rae

    New York

    November 15, 2017 - December 05, 2017