Austin Lee

Like It Is

Once reserved to the writings of science fiction, for over a decade now Austin Lee has explored the shrinking dichotomy between the real world and virtual reality. His hypersaturated airbrush paintings are created through a combination of traditional painterly techniques, along with the latest digital tools.

This extends into Like It Is, where Lee further investigates recognizable cultural motifs and art historical imagery, spanning from archival photos and tarot cards to Vermeer paintings. Screaming with color, each psychedelic composition is partly inspired by the famous Rorschach test, a diagnostic psychological study that uses a subject’s perception of inkblots to analyze their personality characteristics and emotional functioning.

Like It Is, is a softcover publication documenting Austin Lee's recent solo exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch, as well as a series of drawings and interactive AR elements.


Press: Hypebeast, Print

Published by Pacific and Jeffrey Deitch, 2022


160 pages

8 × 11 inches