Sinotique, located in the emerging DUMBO section of Brooklyn, is a treasure you find when you least expect it.
Meandering through the formerly industrial area, you turn the corner onto John Street from Jay Street and a white neon sign grabs your attention. It reads, “70“. On the second floor is a sunny showroom showcasing beautiful glass objects, warm-toned custom bamboo-veneer furniture and richly colored paintings on wood.
Started by Jan Lee in 1992, Sinotique is a venture with a clear vision. With a strong interest in Asian home furnishings and antiques, Lee's own furniture designs reflect this influence. The showroom hints at Eastern aesthetics, while remaining modern and accessible for today's market. In addition to the revolving pieces created by Jan, Sinotique periodically showcases an emerging artist, whose quality and design matches that of the studio, with a gallery show. Currently the work of Audrey Lee, mixed-media artist is being exhibited.
Audrey Lee resides in East Hampton, New York. A native New Yorker, she attended The High School of Music and Art in Manhattan and SUNY at Stony Brook, studying fine arts. With a background in publications, as a Senior Associate Decorating Editor at Seventeen, she expanded that experience to become a freelance photo stylist/production coordinator and editor. After, Audrey resumed her first love of art and painting and soon participated in group shows including, The Annual Guild Hall Member’s Show in East Hampton, receiving the "best representational painting" award at their 66th Annual Guild Hall Member's Show in 2004. She has also participated in The Ballet Art Auction, The Artists’ Alliance Mask Benefit in Watermill, The Springs Invitational Show in East Hampton, LongHouse Reserve benefit in East Hampton, East End Hospice Box Art, and at the Gallery Merz in Sag Harbor. She was given several two-man shows at Gallery Merz and solo shows at Delaney-Cooke Gallery in Sag Harbor and 70john in DUMBO.
Ms. Lee continues to be represented by Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton and Sinotique in DUMBO. Her pieces have been shipped throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Most recently a very large five-panel six ft by six ft. piece was shipped to Singapore and she is currently installing a six-panel 8'x8' piece at a well-known, established (unnamed) restaurant in downtown Brooklyn. The work is about the process – constructing layers of photo images, vintage Buddhist and Chinese papers and paints. Then, deconstructing the layers and creating textures and colors. The process is repeated countless times until Audrey is satified with the image. As in life, Audrey feels that we are all composed of infinite layers of experiences. Her paintings reflect this philosophy. Currently the work is large, most paintings are four ft. by five ft, and larger. Panels are used to create diptychs, triptychs and most recently six-panel paintings.
"Layers interest me. The natural process and the erosion, sometimes leaving a hint of the past or a color from another time . Textures that evoke a spirit and connect us to others . The photographs are humanity – they are about people that really existed. The various papers are traces of a culture."
To see Audrey's work, stop by Sinotique.