Esmond Lee is an artist and photographer formally trained as architect, currently living and working in the suburbs of Toronto. As a second generation Chinese immigrant, his work centres around the long-term and intergenerational experiences of migration. Drawing from his background in architecture, Lee explores identity, belonging, and nuanced cultural evolution in the suburbs. He believes in working locally and observing presently around us. Lee’s work has been exhibited locally at Gallery 44, Koffler Centre of the Arts, Artscape Youngplace and at the University of Waterloo. His upcoming works include Nuit Blanche Toronto, Scarborough installation and residency at Ontario Heritage Trust’s Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program. Most personally significant, his work received attention from Chinese media, Ta Kung Pao. For Lee, this humble exposure signals the connection of both Western and Chinese communities to his work, and in some way, a connection between him and his parents. He is supported by the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council and is recognized by the Ontario Association of Architects.
Scarborough Arts Sign at Fool’s Paradise
Doors Open Ontario Community Workshop
Ontario Heritage Trust – 2019 Artists in Residence
Yonder at Koffler Gallery – Art Toronto
Migration and Memories: The Nature of Things by Letticia Cosbert
Proof 22 at Gallery 44 – ARTORONTO.ca
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