Richard Lee's oil on canvas paintings are observations of landscape and the man-made structures that have intermingled with it. Lee luxuriates in the paint itself, exploring the potential of oil paint for both chaos and control. Richard embraces the Taoist philosophy which holds that the patterns and structures we create have their roots in the fundamental divine nature of all things. “Painting enables me to contemplate my complex environment, including natural and constructed environment, social, cultural as well as political situations all together as one visual phenomenon. I attempt to integrate the subjects of my observation just a little by painting them less as form and more as two dimensional patterns that combine to form a part of a whole - painting.”
Born in Brisbane, Richard completed a visual arts degree at the Australian National University Institute of the Arts in 1993. After spending some time in Japan, he returned to Australia and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Newcastle. Apart from his own art practice, he has worked extensively as a teacher and tutor for a wide range of art classes. In 2005 he was invited to exhibit in the Westpac-Redlands art prize, and was included in the Soda Small Paintings Prize in Avalon, Sydney.