Toronto-based artist, illustrator and graphic designer Ness Lee creates intimate moments her rumpy-pumpy illustrations. Her influences are from Japanese culture, sumo wrestlers and her mark on everything from paper to wood to ceramic. She explores the complex relationship between self and one’s place in contemporary culture and society. She narratives the traditional perceptions of Asian beauty, sexuality and nudity in a strong and playful way.
“I don’t get a lot of it, but pretty much just laugh it off. I draw a lot of my influences from Japanese culture, sumo wrestlers and stuff, so a lot of people ask me if I’m Japanese and when I tell them I’m not maybe they get a little disappointed or taken aback. That would be the only thing I’ve battled with, honestly. Appearances, people thinking I’m Chinese or Japanese, assumptions on my languages and my culture, but that’s something that can be brushed off.” ― Ness Lee, a quote from an interview on lexiquette.com
Ness Lee Illustrates The Pleasure Mountain
All images © Ness Lee