I came across the work of this weeks Artist Spotlight Series feature on Instagram.  Adehla immediately captured my attention with her pretty pastels and cotton candy colors with bold graphic imagery. I always break for a skull.  The art is so clearly influenced by her Eastern heritage. I am smitten! 

Adehla Lee

Brooklyn, New York

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What is your training?

 I did my MFA at the School of Visual Arts in NYC from 2009 to 2011. Before that I lived in South Korea.

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What inspires you and your designs?

My inspiration is “Life and Death” in a spiritual way and “Color vibration” in a visual way.
My work is combination of both.

What is your favorite piece? 

Since I do painting and installation, I picked one of each.

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-Back to Heaven / 30″ x 24″ / Acrylic on Canvas / 2014
This painting is for my beloved grandmother who passed away about 3 months ago near last Thanksgiving.
Since I love her so much, this painting means a lot to me.

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-Happy Monster / 260.0″ x 133.0″ x 12.0″ / Mixed Materials / 2012
Wall installation made by pompoms. I love pompoms!!!

How has the your area influenced your work?

 I live in Brooklyn in NYC. NYC and Brooklyn both motivate me as an artist since there are a lot of fellow artists, museums, galleries, art related events. Always great art is hanging here.
I was born in South Korea and moved here 5 and six months ago. That was one of the best decisions that I made in my life.

What is your favorite restaurant in New york?

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Vietnam Restaurant Saigon Shack. 114 Macdougal St in Manhattan.
If you try any kind of their food you will understand me. I can eat there everyday.
My favorite is the vegetarian pho.

What is your favorite cocktail?

I don’t know anything about cocktail drinks.

How do you balance personal life and work?

Actually, I am terrible at this. What I am really trying is not get too much stress about this.
Art is biggest part of my life so I gave up some part of my personal life.

Dream trip?

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I want to stay in some tropical island that has a great restaurant and a coffee shop.
And basically do nothing except for swimming and hiking sometimes for few months.

Dream commission?

I will love to get any kind of a commission from an amusement park.

Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

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Who is your style icon?

Anna Wintour. She is so spicy cool.

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

Jacob Hashimoto.

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I saw his show last fall at Mary Boone’s gallery in Chelsea in NYC. It was just amazingly pleasant and entertaining.

What is your most treasured possession?

My Canon 5D Camera.

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My mom gave it to me when she was getting a new Camera. She is a photographer.

What are you reading?

I need to start a new book. Last book I finished was “Bling Ring”.

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Entertaining story based on real life teenagers stealing their wannabe celebrities property.
Very easy, fun, and entertaining book.

What are you listening to?

Neil Young,

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Japanese movie “Paprika” original sound track.

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K-POP idol group BIG BANG.

What are your favorite blogs / publications?

Miss Hoe

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it’s actually an online fashion shop/blog. Her offline shop is in Manhattan.
Miss Hoe is one of my favorite fashion designers. When I have an art opening, I check her blog and shop
to get some ideas for the opening outfit.

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Get to know the fabulous work of Adehla Lee

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Punk Series

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Nirvana Series

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