Jeffrey Deitch




New York, NY


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.

Published by Pacific and Jeffrey Deitch, Softcover, 8 × 11 inches, 160 pages

Bright yellow book cover with light purple sculpted characters over in the center. The characters dance on top of an amorphous purple building. The title of the book is sculpted into colorful letters at the top of the building. The artist's name is scrawled in black penmanship above the figures.
Book interior with a centerfold image of a painting exhibition. Two paintings hang on a red wall in the foreground. In the background a sliver of a painting on a blue wall sticks out.
Open book with one image of a 3d printed sculpture on the top half of the right page. The sculpture is of a cartoon man with an enlarged hand, sitting at a desk. The sculpture information is scrawled in black penmanship at the bottom of the page.
A pink, yellow, red, white and orange painting of a man leaning over a table covers two-thirds of the right page. The left page is blank.
Open book with full bleed, centerfold image of the artist Austin Lee's sculptures.
An open book with a photograph of a blue sculpture on the right page. Artwork title and information is on the bottom of the left page.
An open book with yellow pages and black doodle and handwriting on the two pages.
Back cover of a yellow book. A purple, green and pink sculpture is above handwritten text.
A room of red and blue walls. Four colorful paintings hang on the walls.