Daniel Lee


Judgment 1994

Including man, there are one hundred and eight different creatures in the Chinese Circle of Reincarnation. Creatures in the Circle will be judged in a mythological court under the earth after their death. This is the Buddhist philosophy of life. It also underlies the concept of my recent work named “Judgment”.

In my underworld, the “Judge and His Guards” take their honorable seats. Their role is to judge the dead souls and to determine their human or animal destiny in their after life. Also in this court are the “Jurors”: suspended characters and spirits. But they are not only jurors. They are the witnesses and they are ourselves.

All of these portraits were photographed with a large format camera. The digital images were manipulated with Adobe Photoshop Software. The original version of “Judgment” had been outputted as a series of 53X35 inches ink jet prints in lower resolution. In the summer of 2002, I made a new edition of “Judgment” which I had not only revised the artwork, but also adapted the improved output technology for long last prints.

- Daniel Lee


  • 2019
    “Return to the Sea” at Taitung Art Museum, Taitung, Taiwan
  • 2016
    “Looking Glass/Daniel Lee Retrospective” at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012
    “Trace to the Origin: Daniel Lee Retrospective” at Luoca Art Center, Xiamen, China
  • 2008
    “Daniel Lee 1993-2007 Retrospective” at Tsing Hua University, Beijing, China
  • 1999
    “Origin and Judgment” at Cyber 99, Featured Artist, Lisbon, Portgual
  • 1994
    “Judgment” at O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, USA


  • 2013
    “Collecting Is Curiosity” at New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  • 2004
    “Exposed” at Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
  • 2004
    “Phantastic Art” at Landes Museum, Linz, Austria
  • 2002
    “Gene(sis), Contemporary Art Explores Human Genetics” at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
  • 1995
    “Manimals” at Galerie du Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse, France