About Won Lee

Won Lee (1946-2021) was a celebrated Korean-Canadian sculptor whose works were primarily focused on the figure.

Lee spent time drawing and modelling the figure in clay, often refining the shapes into abstract forms before firing them in his studio kiln. When he wasn’t working in his studio, he frequently travelled to China or Mexico to cast his figures in bronze.

He was a highly prolific and energetic artist, who lived with a disability caused by polio in his youth. His disability, however, never stood in the way of his highly charged production. When constructing a two-meter-high clay model, for example, he worked without hesitation, without breaks, and often without assistance.

Lee received his BFA at Pepperdine University and his MFA at Johnson State College. He also attended the Otis Art Institute.

Selected works