Lee Jensen

Lee Jensen

Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design

Lee Jensen is an artist and designer whose work investigates new relationships at the intersection of painting, ornamentation and the decorative arts. Historical sources are positioned with contemporary explorations of abstraction, pattern and site to produce paintings and wall drawings that activate complex semiotic references. Jensen teaches across all four years of the BDes programme, in both studio and critical and contextual studies papers.

  • Expertise

    Abstract geometric art; urban decorative art and design; typographic history and design; early modernist avant-garde art history and theory.

  • Research Highlights

    L’abbondanza Della Strada (2012)
    L’abbondanza Della Strada was a solo show at Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington. The exhibition proposed plans for imaginary city spaces – the piazzas of la città nuova – brought to life through large, bold, geometric prints and vinyl wall drawings. The work brought together the textures and forms of urban Italian streets, the geometric visual rhetoric of the Futurists, and the complex mathematics of Platonic geometry.

    Magliana (2011)
    Magliana is a typeface project conceived in Venice and Rome during the New York based School of Visual Arts Masters Research Programme. As a typeface it is informed by a set of practices used by the Italian Futurists, also informed by Roman urban architecture, sitting within the tradition of public epigraphic typeforms. It represents an extension of Jensen’s research practice into the everyday artifacts of art and design.

    Red Ring (2006) exhibited at Satellite 2006 in Shanghai
    This work, a large vinyl wall drawing, embodies a conversation between the city environments of Shanghai and Wellington, synthesising print ephemera and street material. The metaphoric and research imperative guiding this work is the street-as-archive, the gallery wall as repository.

  • Qualifications

    BA (Victoria University)
    MA (Massey University)