Biography

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2021
  • Sedici Group Exhibition, Stable Gallery, West Meon
  • Sedici Group Exhibition, Muswell Hill, London
  • 2019
  • The Oxford Open 2019, the Jam Factory, Oxford
  • 2018 
  • Imho Sedici Group Show, High Barnet, London
  • 2016
  • Austmarka Artist Residency, Norway
  • The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Shortlisted
  • Turps Correspond Group Exhibition, Rye Creative Centre, Rye
  • 2015
  • Korean Artists Association Annual Show, Korean Cultural Centre, London
  • 2014
  • Sedici Group Exhibition
  • Korean Chronicles, KCC, London
  • Turps Correspond, Thurlow St, London
  • 2013
  • E’scape 4persons Show, Bethnal Green, London
  • Sedici Group Exhibition, Paget Street, London
  • 2012
  • Sedici Group Exhibition, Petersfield, Hants
  • 2010
  • Bucks New University Fine Art Degree Show, High Wycombe
  • 2009
  • Artsmart Exhibition, Beaconsfield, Bucks
  • 2004
  • Chateau D’idron Group Exhibition, Pau, South France

Education

  • 2010
  • Fine Art(Hons) Degree, High Wycombe, Bucks
  • 2002
  • LLB Law Degree, Birkbeck College, London

Artist Statement

I am a painter who was born and raised in South Korea, living and working in the UK since 1985.  This transition has been a long journey of discovery in all aspects of life; language, culture, politics, food and habits.  Over time the unfamiliar becomes familiar and the familiar becomes unfamiliar.  Inevitably the boundary between Eastern and Western cultures has become blurred.   Along the journey, I have experienced acceptance, rejection, agreement, disagreement, understanding and misunderstanding.  In this process, I have adopted a philosophical view on this sense of being caught between one place and another and the feeling of belonging and not belonging at the same time.

My work reflects my attempts to reconcile these differences and to rediscover my own identity through the creative process. 

The sources of my work include observing daily life and the world around me but also reflecting on memory and experience.  The notion of fusion plays a central part in the framing of my work; figuration-abstraction, inside-outside, East-West and the perception of duality.

These ideas are explored through colour, space, texture and layering.  Colour is important in communicating feelings and my emotional response to nature rather than having symbolic meanings. I work intuitively and focus on compositional dynamics, energy and rhythm.   While aiming to create the idea of space and spatial ambiguity, a sense of awkwardness emerges in distorted or disconnected forms.