Kaye Lee Patton is a visual artist and graphic designer currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Seoul, South Korea as Lee Ko Won, she moved to the United States at the age of twelve, legally changing her name to Kaye Lee Patton. Patton is interested in the idea of transience and identity in relation to history, geography, and digital communication.
Before 2013, Patton lived and worked as a branding and packaging designer in Chicago before moving to Atlanta to complete her MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. Patton’s career as a graphic designer highly influences her work, as evident in the use of graphic shapes, typography and digital images in her paintings, installations, and projection works.
Her recent exhibits include Gathered: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists 2015 at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA); WAP Apprentice Exhibition, MOCA GA in 2015, and other various group and solo shows in Atlanta and the Midwest since 2008. In 2017, Patton participated in Hambiage Hive at Colony Square as part of MINT artist. She has also completed a mural titled “essscape” through The Shops Buckhead and other indoor murals in the Chicago area.