The subject of the portrait wears a white collarless shirt, and has a green fur hat on her head. Her dark hair is in a plait which is over one shoulder, with loose tendrils. She looks directly at the viewer.
Miseon Lee (b.1959), Me in the Mirror III: Faux Hat, 2019. © Miseon Lee. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland, Photographer: Roy Hewson. Credit

Miseon Lee

Me in the Mirror III: Faux Hat, 2019

Oil on linen, 61 x 46 cm

‘I placed an easel by the window and put a piece of mirror on it. Staring into the mirror, I saw a woman smiling with a faux hat on her head, a present from a friend. I brought out an old canvas and put it on my lap. Staring into the mirror, I could no longer find the woman with the smile. 

I saw a strange woman staring back at me. I started to paint her and she painted me.’


Miseon Lee (BA, MA in Fine Art) lives and works in Dublin. She has held various solo and group exhibitions in Ireland, the UK and South Korea. She was shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize in 2018 and the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2015 at the National Gallery of Ireland, and the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2013 and 2016. Her works were also shortlisted for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year in 2013 and the Davy Portrait Awards in 2010. She was awarded James Adam's Salesroom Award and The Keating/McLaughlin Award for Outstanding Artwork at the RHA in 2010 and 2012.


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