Featured Artist | Moon Lee

Featured Artist | Moon Lee


Davidson Galleries is pleased to share new work from Seattle artist Moon Lee. Featured are nine new monoprints from 2023 following her first solo exhibition at Davidson Galleries in January/February. Lee is known for her transformation of traditional printmaking techniques including etching, drypoint, and chine-collé into one-of-one pieces through hand-work like watercolor pen and monoprint techniques. Her work often utilizes overlapping layers to reveal harmonies and conflicts within complex human experiences. Layers of people, architecture, pattern, and more are directed by streaks of color, especially the artist’s signature red lines.

Lee’s new works emphasize the movement of individuals in a space and across layers of time. Traffic signs, bikes, skateboards, and cars vie for positions in a snapshot of a moment on the street. Historical staircases are covered by new visitors and lit by the sun of a fresh day. As Lee records the flow of people, commuter traffic, and even go-karts, we see the humorous, grandiose, novel, and banal moments of life collide. While waiting in line at a café or zigzagging through rush hour, we are part of a communal flow, a rhythm of stops and starts, a cosmic circulation that often evades our attention until interpreted by a careful observer like Moon Lee. 

Please view these new works from Moon Lee alongside her other works offered by Davidson Galleries on our website here: Collection | Moon Lee or call/email to make an appointment to view them in person.

Moon Lee was born in 1953 in South Korea and immigrated to the United States in 1978. She received a BFA in Oriental Painting from Seoul’s Hongik University and studied Printmaking at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Lee is known for her unique use of monoprint, hand-work, and layered printmaking techniques that create one-of-a-kind prints with recurring motifs. Her work explores the duality of inclusion and seclusion within society, especially as informed by her Korean American identity. She is inspired by the spiritual connection between oneself and others, often depicting human interactions and personal investigation.