Adrian Lee

Adrian Lee works in video, performance, and sculpture, re-examining and reworking the overlooked trappings of our culture in an investigation of the processes of communication and persuasion used on domestic and international scales. Isolating and dismantling devices including government health warnings, health & safety signage and bureaucratic small print, multinational corporate advertising and brand mascots, he probes their function, reorganising familiar rhetoric and disrupting assumed authority. Adrian is fascinated by the way people attempt to define themselves through the things they purchase, what they believe and what they are told. In this world of hi-viz, feedback and data release forms, we collude in our own manipulation by becoming devotees of product designers, advertising executives, spin-doctors, and charlatans.


Fire with Fire

Polypropylene stock signage, carbon

Fire with Fire

Polypropylene stock safety signage, one corner burnt by the artist.

(Fire Signage Compliant) Relativity by MC Escher

Poster, printed polypropylene stickers

(Fire Signage Compliant) Relativity by MC Escher

Health and Safety compliant use of fire signage applied to a stock poster of Relativity by MC Escher.

Colloquial Waiver (Blank)

Printed poster

Colloquial Waiver (Blank)

A standard legal disclaimer, rewritten in layman’s terms.


Found object, acrylic, UV lights


A now outlawed, Marlboro Cigarettes shop sign, reworked in gloss black and clear acrylic, and lit internally with ultraviolet light. Originally painted in the red and white, of the iconic brand, the case is now a clear acrylic, displaying the object's guts for all to see.

Iconic Packaging Metamorphosis

Album covers, cellophane

Iconic Packaging Metamorphosis

A collection of works marrying two iconic pieces of design: the 12-inch vinyl record cover and the hard-pack, flip-top cigarette packet. Cool, nostalgic rebellion, squared.

LEGOISIS and the Destruction of Mosul Museum

Digital video, 1 mins

LEGOISIS and the Destruction of Mosul Museum

An exploration of the horrific marketing techniques of brand ISIS and the West’s response to their atrocities. A stop-motion animation using LEGO children’s construction toys.

Solo Exhibitions

2017      Curating in the Dark, Artsadim, London UK

2015      Exit Strategies, GARAGE, Edinburgh Fringe, UK

2015      The Scientologist Personality Test Pub Quiz, The Gladstone, London, UK

2014      Compensation Culture, GARAGE, Edinburgh Fringe, UK

2012      Point of Sale, The Vitrine Gallery, London, UK

2011      Survival Instinct, Deptford X, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017      ArtNight London, Associate Programme, UK

2017      Site (un)Specific, METAL Southend, UK

2016      Performance Programme, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico

2016      Salon Acme, Mexico City, Mexico

2016      Mi Casa Tu Casa, Casa, Imelda, Mexico City, Mexico

2015      Market Sundries, Gardners, East London Photomonth, London, UK

2015      Salon at St Saviour's, Plymouth Art Weekender, Plymouth, UK

2015      Performance as Process, Delfina Foundation, London, UK

2015      Repeat/Rehearse, Delfina Foundation, London, UK

2014      DJART '14 Festival, Algiers, Algeria

2013      Fort Da, Siobhan Davies Studio, London, UK

2012      Climb like a Cucumber, Fall like an Aubergine, W139, Amsterdam, Holland

2012      Ghost Station, Bletchley Park, UK

2009      Deloitte Ignite 09, The Royal Opera House, London, UK

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards