By Hyein Lee
Published in Issue 121, January 2024
Hyein Lee is an engineer turned illustrator and motion graphics designer. She gave up her big fat paycheque to pursue her dream; she is poor now, but somehow a lot happier. Her work is populated by lonesome, humble and friendly monsters which depict melancholy moments with cuddly-toy appeal. Autobiographical in content, these intimate diary-like paintings are often a direct translation of the artist’s feeling.
She was born in Korea and came to Canada when she was 14. She now lives in her favourite city, Toronto.
In case you missed it, check out Hyein’s December piece, Mr. Furry Pants. Keep your eyes peeled for more work by this talented artist.