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education and residencies

Master of Fine Arts, Painting, York University, Toronto, ON   1999

Artist-In-Residence, Banff Centre for the Arts                 Fall 1994, Winter 1995

Artist-In-Residence, Vancouver Art Gallery     Oct-Dec 1996

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major: Painting, Minor: Art HistoryNova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, NS    1992

selected solo and two person exhibitions

2008Migration, LOOP Gallery, Toronto, ON

2007Trace, LOOP Gallery, Toronto ON

2006Fabrication, Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, ON ,New Paintings, LOOP Gallery, Toronto, ON

2005  Still Life with Tangents (traveling) Lennox Contemporary, Toronto; Gallery 96 Stratford ON

2000-2004      Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON

2001Naturalia, A-Space Gallery, Toronto

2002Nectar, O’Doumas Gallery, Guelph, ON

1999fruition, I-Land Gallery, Toronto, ON

1997                dissection, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Mosaic, Pengah Gallery, Vancouver

1996Passage, Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Piecing, Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina

1994Paintings, The Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB

1992  Surface Value, Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, Halifax, NS

selected group exhibitions


2007 Arts in the Workplace, Investor’s Group/Women’s Art Resource Centre. Curated by William Huffman (with Andrea Bolley, elle flanders, Jennifer Jessica Nicol, Emily Stoddart, Yvonne Singer and Mary Wong.

2005 The Suitcase Show, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, TO(with John Abrams, Jane Buyers and others)

2003Alchemy and Mysticism, Instant Coffee Urban Disco Trailer, Toronto, ON

art@suite 500, TD Centre, York University Shulich School of Business, Toronto

2002New Canadian Painting, RBC Painting Competition, Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery,

2001From the Eastern Edge, I-Land Gallery, Toronto w/ Robert Bean, Marlene Creates, others

2000Art and Healing, James B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

Fresh Paint, MEG Gallery, Toronto. Curated by the ZenMix 2000 Collective

1999ARTBOX, York University Shulich School of Business, Toronto, ON

China Turns, Ontario Gallery of Chinese Art, Toronto.

        1997Tracing Cultures IV: Cultural Difference and Migration, Burnaby Art Gallery (catalogue)

Au nom du la terre, Language Plus, Alma, Quebec

1996topographies: aspects in recent BC art, Vancouver Art Gallery (catalogue)

1995Currents: an exhibition of contemporary art, L’Atelier, Vancouver, BC (catalogue)

1994In the Absence, three-person exhibition, St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax

1992START: Painters of Promise, Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery, Halifax NS

Contemporary Artists in Nova Scotia (catalogue), Mt St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Bedford

1991 The Lucky Eggroll Show, OO Gallery, Halifax, NS


Vaughan, RM. Toronto Magazine, National Post, June 4, 2005

Farguharson, Catherine. “Crowded Crawl” , NOW Magazine Sept 16-22, 2004

Kwan, Karen. “Pursue Your Passion.” pg. 49 Jasmine Magazine Autumn 2004

Kelly, Dierdre. “Cover Up”, Elle Canada pg.44 December 2003

Couto,M. “Fruits of Passion”, green banana Summer 2003 pp. 29-30

McKenzie, M. “Succulent,” Lola 15 Mar 2003 :lolamagazine.com/L15_shotguns_5.html#lee

Vaughan, RM.”Pretty Young Things,” The Globe and Mail Visual Arts Supplement  12/09/02

Pastor, Tamara. Vernissaage (review), World of Art, Issue 4, Vol 2, 2002, pg 90

Von Bark, E. “JJ Lee: Ripe at Angell Gallery”, Lola 11, Winter 2001/2, pg. 85

Chinese Newsline, CFMT Television  Toronto, August 13, 2000

Dault, Gary M. “JJ Lee at Angell Gallery” Gallery Going, Globe and Mail 11/11/00

Hanna, Dierdre. “Painted Word”. NOW Magazine, 08/10/00

Dault, Gary M. “Fresh Paint: Meg Gallery” Gallery Going  Globe & Mail 8/12/00

‘Asian Artists show in Fresh Paint’  Ming Pao Press,Toronto, 8/ 5/00

“Piecing”, Ming Pao Press,Vancouver BC  3/ 5/97

Timeline Magazine, Fairchild Television, Vancouver, BC 1997

magazine Issue #52 pg. 26 Feb-Apr 1997

Foo, Kuan. “Passage”, FUSE Magazine, Fall 1996

Barnard, Elissa. “Young Artists Share Insights”, The Mail Star, Halifax, 05/13/94

Mac, Kathy. ”Contemporary Artists in Nova Scotia”, Visual Arts Nova Scotia  9/92

Maritime Magazine, CBC Radio, November 1992

Barnard,E. “Identity Common Theme in Lucky Eggroll Show” The Mail Star, Hfx  8/29/91



RBC/Canadian Art. RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Ten Years, 2008

Carte Blanche II: Painting. Magenta Publishers, 2008

Slate, front cover reproduction  February-March 2001

Language Arts, front cover colour reproduction, March 2000

Featured Artist’s pages, MIX magazine, May 1998

Tracing Cultures IV: Cultural Difference and Migration, Burnaby Art Gallery, 1997

Topographies: Aspects of Recent BC Art, Douglas&McIntyre/Vancouver Art Gallery, 1996

Event: Douglas College Review, one year of front cover reproductions, 1995

      Currents: an exhibition of contemporary art, L’Atelier, Vancouver, BC 1995


Art Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada Council Art Bank, RBC Investments, York University

private collections-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, California


2005 Ontario Arts Council Exhibitions Assistance Grant

2004   Visual Arts Winner: Asian-Canadian Visual Arts Fund (North American Association of Asian Professionals; York University Purchase Award

2002 RBC Investments New Canadian Painting Competition: Central Canada Winner

2002Canada Council Mid-Career Project Grant

2000Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Project Grant ,Ontario Arts Council Exhibitions Assistance

1999Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Project Grant

1998Susan Tannenbaum Scholarship (York University)

1997BC Arts Council Arts Scholarship, York University Entrance Scholarship

1996BC Arts Council Project Grant, Canada Council Travel Grant ,Canada Council Short Term Grant

1995,1994     Banff Centre for the Arts Financial Award

1991NSCAD: Effie May Ross & Endowment Fund Scholarships

Nova Scotia Talent Trust (Government of Nova Scotia)

1989Centennial Scholarship, NSCAD

1987Centennial Foundation Scholarship, NSCAD                  

public presentations/artist’s talks

Canadian Art Gallery Hop, “Trace”, Loop Gallery, September 2007

York University, The Body and Technology, Fine Arts, January 2007

Elora Centre for the Arts, February 2006

University of Guelph, Women and Art, Fine Arts Program, Guelph, ON. March 2001

Ohio State University, Graduate Program, Columbus, Ohio. February 2000

I-Land Gallery, Toronto. Fruition. April 1999

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Visiting Artist Lecture, Halifax June 1997

Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver. dissection .October 1997

Vancouver Art Gallery,  topographies: aspects of recent BC art .  Oct 1996

Neutral Ground/MacKenzie Art Gallery:Artists-In-The-School.Regina, Piecing, Nov 1996

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC. Intro Painting  March 1996

Pitt Gallery, Vancouver: Passage. February 1996

committee and administration experience

Juror: Painting, Toronto Outdoor Art Show, 2009

Member, Loop Gallery Collective, Toronto, ON 2005 to present

Writing and ESL (English as a Second Language) Committee,Ontario College of Art and Design,  2008 to present

Mid-Career and Senior Jury Member, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto, ON 2007

Arts Jury Member Ottawa, Canada Council, Nov. 1997,1999, 2004

Board of Directors, A Space Gallery, 2003-2004

Juror, Painting Applications, Toronto Outdoor Art Show, 2004

Panel Member: Painting on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 2001

Research Assistant, Education Department,  Art Gallery of Ontario. Summer 1998

Rights + Reproductions Officer: Photo/Imaging Dept, Vancouver Art Gallery 1995-1997

Vancouver Facilitating Committee, Asian Heritage Month   1996-1997

Board Member, OR Gallery, Vancouver 1996-1997

Lotusland: Chinese-Canadian artists, writers + performers Collective, Vancouver 1995-1997

Exhibitions Assistant to the Curator, Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax 1991

teaching experience

ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Toronto, ON: Painting, Drawing, Colour, 1999-present 

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO (Scarborough Campus):  Painting 1+2, 2002-2007

UNIVERSITY of WESTERN ONTARIO, London, ON Drawing and Painting, Spring 2004

GEORGIAN COLLEGE, Barrie, ON Fundamentals of Design, Fall  1999

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, Toronto, ON: Gallery School, Education Department: Adult Education:

Foundation Oil Painting,  Intro Painting, Intro Drawing,  Advanced Drawing,  Advanced Painting, Life Drawing, Drawing and Painting  for Youth.  Education Officer for Youth 1999 - 2000

YORK UNIVERSITY, Toronto, ON (T.A.) Introductory painting  1997-1999

NOVA SCOTIA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Halifax, NS. Cont. Ed. Drawing for Teens  1992-1994