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Wood and Steel
19 x 14 x 245 cm
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Zulkifli Lee
About Zulkifli Lee

Zulkifli Lee (b. 1978, Malaysia) is a multidisciplinary artist working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, print, and installation. Lee graduated with an MA in Fine Art and Technology from Universiti Teknologi MARA, receiving the Master’s Excellence Award in 2013. Prior to that he received his BA in Art and Design (Fine Art) from the same university, in 2000. Lee’s practice explores the dynamics between personalised and impersonalised forms, primarily through the differences and paradoxes that occur between natural and man-made materials. Bridging Islamic aesthetic philosophies with contemporary principles and techniques, Lee references traditional Islamic and Malay folk art to create minimal and intricate compositions. His motifs usually involve systematic and rhythmic geometric patterns, but rather than striving for total control, he embraces the element of chance in the medium itself. 

Since 1999, Lee has exhibited extensively in galleries and institutions in Malaysia. As Rimbun Dahan’s Yearlong Resident Artist for 2017, he presented works inspired from the natural and built environments surrounding the private arts facility in his first solo exhibition Material, Order & Chance (2017). In 2019, he completed his art residency with ACME Studio in London, UK. His recent selected group exhibitions include S.E.A New Generation (2019) Tang Contemporary, Bangkok, Thailand; Frictional (2018), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Lingering Manifestations (2018), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Bintang 5 (2018), Segaris Art Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Locals Only! (2018), TAKSU, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; The Unreal Deal (2017), Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Young Contemporary ’16 (2017), National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lee’s artworks are also in the public collections of Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia; Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore; Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia; Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Banyan Tree Signatures Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.