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gordon lee

b. 1954, d. 2018, Chinese American

Gordon Lee was born in the British colony of Hong Kong.  After finishing high school in 1973, he attended college on scholarship in Canada.  During his second year of studies, his major changed from urban planning to fine arts after taking his first art history class.  Lee decided to make his impact as a visual artist instead of becoming an architect or city planner.  His work often deals with the connection to the found objects, cultural references and textures of the urban landscape. 

After graduating from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec in 1978, he went on to Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to pursue his Master's Degree in Painting.  Before returning to Hong Kong in 1982, he taught at the Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus OH.  While in Hong Kong, Lee became a lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University teaching drawing and printmaking.  At the urges of Joseph Canzani, president of Columbus College of Art and Design, he moved back to the States with his wife, Johanna and resumed teaching at CCAD.  He was a professor and chair of the drawing and printmaking departments in the division of Fine Arts.  He has shown his work in Asia, Europe and North America.