Jaee Tee, a primarily self-taught artist from Malaysia, work across a diverse range of mediums, including oil, acrylic, Chinese ink, charcoal and mixed media. Her work has been featured at notable international exhibitions, including the Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris, the Fondazione Luciana Matalon contemporary art museum in Milan, and The National Art Gallery of Maldives. Tee's artistry has also gained recognition through inclusion in the renowned publication "Atlas of Contemporary Art,”and she is described as an "accomplished and poetic artist" by Design Peak Asia. Additionally, she delved into an artistic collaboration with McLaren, the prestigious British luxury car manufacturer.Tee has also been nominated for prestigious awards like the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.and is proudly represented by Heritouch Gallery, with branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Raised in the rural landscapes of Malaysia, my earliest companions were the whispering winds and the unyielding trees. My childhood was a dialogue with the earth, a relationship that has become the essence of my art. Enriched by my Chinese Malaysian heritage, brimming with ancestral wisdom and age-old traditions, my work intertwines the threads of past and present. Nature and my heritage are the twin pillars of my inspiration.
The fragility of nature and the issue of extractivism weigh heavily on my heart . This exploitative relationship drain our Earth's resources, labor, and returned to their place waste, toxicity, disease exhaustion and death.Through my art, I advocate for respect for the natural order and harmony, echoing the ancient Chinese philosophies of Laozi and Zhuangzi.
Art, for me, is more than creation—it's a meditation, a dance of the soul with canvas and color. Drawing from the concept of Xie Yi （写意）, I chase the spirit of my subjects, their essence captured in bold, gestural strokes against the canvas. The play of Kong Bai（空白）, the silence of negative space, underscores my belief in the power of absence, of the unsaid.This approach lays the foundation for a deeper interaction with my viewers.Engaging my audience is crucial. I encourage viewers to dive into a dialogue with my work, exploring new meanings and perspectives. Some of my art are intentionally orientation-agnostic, offering additional layers of interpretive freedom, each piece becomes a realm of possibilities.
My art is a mirror to my soul, reflecting the deep, personal journey of understanding my brief existence on this earth.It's not just about me; it's about this shared human experience. We're all trying to make sense of the world around us, to connect, to communicate. My art is my way of contributing to that dialogue, ,is not merely about fulfilling a personal desire to create but acknowledging a broader purpose that spans beyond my existence.