"It is easier to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war..."
Arthur Kwon Lee is an award winning Korean American portrait artist born in the corporate and politically entrenched Washington, DC area. Lee’s influences go across the board from his relationship to the Jung Society of Washington, investment into his family church and a lifelong commitment as a competitive martial artist. His work was first published in The Washington Korea Times when he was only 9 years of age after entering a National art contest to which Lee took the Grand Prize.
Before his love of painting Lee was a Division One Ranked athlete winning bronze in the United States Tae Kwon Do Nationals for three consecutive years. The intensity Lee experienced at this time continues through his artwork, the scale and the diversity of dynamic mark making tells the story of a man who needs to use his entire body when painting.