ABOUT ME

After a 19-year hiatus from art making, I realized my dream of studying art in Italy during the summer of 2001. During an all too short 3-week workshop I discovered plein air landscape painting and was reminded how much I loved drawing from life.  Then, after a year and a half of drawing and painting on weekends, in Spring 2003 I made a full-time commitment to artwork. 

These past years have been an extraordinary journey and gift. I have maintained a studio in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn since 2002. Having this space enables me to strive constantly to grow and develop as an artist. Without a degree in art, in some ways I may have ended up freer to pursue what interests me without worrying about trends in the “art world.” I began to receive recognition very soon after I seriously launched into my art career. Not only did I sell paintings right away, but I was awarded a month-long fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Center and was included in the book “100 New York Painters” (C.M. Dantzic, Schiller Books) in 2006. In addition to a steady schedule of exhibitions, I have participated in 17 consecutive annual Gowanus Open Studio weekends. My paintings are in private collections in the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Italy, France, and Austria, as well as in the collections of Brooks Brothers, Inc., the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, and the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. In 2014, three of my paintings were selected by the Arts in Embassies program of the US State Department to be loaned to the US Embassy in Geneva for four years.

In my constant search to develop and be a part of a community of artists, I have been actively involved with various arts organizations, including helping to manage a cooperative gallery, volunteering with Arts Gowanus (a nonprofit), and have curated and organized several art exhibitions. Given my prior life experiences I find myself more open-minded about how and where to show my work. Some might say that I take a more democratic and inclusive, a less elitist approach, which I intend to continue.

 

RESUME

Born:  New York, NY
First generation Korean-American

Solo and 2-person Exhibitions

2019 So Wonderful, Sweetwaters Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
My Verdant Oasis, PBX Gallery (Nu Hotel), Brooklyn, NY
2018 Un Bel Sogno, Baciccia, Brooklyn, NY
2016  Line of Sight (with Amy Williams, photographer), Brooks Brothers, Manhassett, NY
Brooklyn Moments, Fabio Scalia Salon  + Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Pretty Gritty, pop up at Aloft New York Brooklyn Hotel, Brooklyn, NY
2014  Look Again, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Made in Brooklyn (with Martha Walker), Brooks Brothers Manhasset, Manhasset, NY
2012  Brooklyn Seen, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011  Being There (with Mary Connelly), Callahan Center Gallery, St Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
2009  In/Sight=On/Site, (with Mary Connelly) Patrons' Gallery, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2007  From Brooklyn to the Sea, Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York, NY
2007  New York Shines, Underbridge Pictures, Brooklyn, NY
2005  Brooklyn Views, Shakespeare's Sister, Brooklyn, NY
2004  Broad Strokes, Celia Hirsch Gallery, Chappaqua, NY
2004  A Room of My Own, Re*Past Bakery & Café, NY, NY

Group Exhibitions

2019 Inhabited, Black Moth Gallery, Ardmore, PA
Blue, 440 Gallery, Artsy.net
2018     Stillness, Curated by Elizabeth Mead, New York Artists Circle (online)
2017     Commodity and Ideology, by Korean Art Forum, Klapper Art Gallery, Queens College, Flushing, NY
2015   Brooklyn Color/Form, Presented by Sotheby's International Realty, 17 Heronvue Rd, Greenwich, CT
2014 GEM Arts | NYC, Spring Affordable Art Fair, NYC
The Brooklyn Invasion: Pop Up in TriBeCa, 62 Walker St, NYC
2013 From Pavement to Paradise, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Summer Invitational, Art Essex Gallery, Essex, CT
Everyone in the Pool, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Parallax AF: International Art Fair, Prince George
2011 Art for Clearwater, First Street Gallery, NYC
Convergence, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Summer in the City, Purume Gallery, NYC
My Favorite Place, Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY
Landscape Re-Imagined, Purume Gallery, NYC
2009 101st Annual Thumb Box Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC,
A River Runs Through It, Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY
The Brooklyn Show (juried), 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
18th Annual Roundtable Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY
Contemporary NY Waterways, Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York, NY
2008 Gowanus Basin: A Sense of Place, Gowanus Canal Conservancy Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
100th Annual Thumb-Box Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Black and White, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
100th Annual Members Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2007 118th NAWA Annual Exhibition, Monroe Center for the Arts, Hoboken, NJ
Images of Brooklyn, Underbridge Pictures, Brooklyn, NY
Small Works Invitational, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY
Summertime, Underbridge Pictures, Brooklyn, NY
Summertime: From the Pool to Provence, Celia Hirsch Gallery, Chappaqua, NY
Women of the Streets, Shakespeare’s Sister, Brooklyn, NY
2006 A Taste of Old New York, Manhattan Center for Kitchen and Bath, New York, NY
Sunlit Impressions, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
Transformations, BWAC Pier, Brooklyn, NY
Home Away From Home, Liberty Condominiums, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Crossing Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Borough Hall Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Small Works Invitational, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY
Brooklyn Artists, Shakespeare’s Sister, Brooklyn, NY
Holiday Gift Show, Celia Hirsch Gallery, Chappaqua, NY
Crossing Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Art & Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY
Talking Hands, AIR Gallery, NY, NY
In the Midst of Things, AAWAA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Accumulative Efforts, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, 2003

Collections

Brooks Brothers, Corporate Office, New York, NY
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
NYU Langone Health, Hand Center, New York, NY

Publications/Press

"6 Artists To See  at This Year’s Edition of Gowanus Open Studios", Brownstoner Magazine, October 19, 2017
Cover art, City Journal, Summer 2016, New York, NY
"Urban Development," American Art Collector, February 2014
"12 Days of Brooklyn - 12 Views, 12 Tastes and 12 Sips of Brooklyn", Brooklyn-Artisan.net, December 2012
"Brooklyn Seen," ArtinNewYorkCity.com, August 2012
"Ad Hoc Artists Residency," Woodstock Times, July 2010
"Follow Your Passion Vacations," ForbesTraveler.com, April 2008
Brooklyn Fine Arts Magazine, Fall 2007(www.bfamagazine.com)
100 New York Painters, book by Cynthia Maris Dantzic, Schiffer Publishing Company, 2006
“From the Mayor’s Doorstep”, Review by Piri Halasz, piri.home.mindspring.com, October 2003
Metro Section photo, New York Times, June 7, 2003

Awards & Distinctions

Artist-in-Residence, Aloft Hotel, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
Art in Embassies program, US State Department, 3 paintings at US Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-2017
Vermont Studio Center, 4-week artists residence, June 2006
MTA Arts for Transit, Finalist, 2006, 2015

Events

Gowanus Open Studios, October 2002-2018
GO Brooklyn, open studio event sponsored by Brooklyn Museum, 2012
Panelist, "Become a Savvier Art Collector," English Speaking Union, 2009
Panelist, "Become a Savvy Art Collector," Salmagundi Club, 2008

Memberships

2015-2017, Arts Gowanus, Volunteer in charge of Business Sponsorships, Brooklyn, NY
2011-2014  Elected Artist Member, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Artist Member, NY Artists Circle, New York, NY

Education

International School of Art-Umbria, Figure Drawing and Landscape Painting, Italy, 2001
Corcoran School of Art, Color Theory, Washington, DC, 1995
Torpedo Factory Art Center, Drawing and Figure Painting, Alexandria, VA, 1994
Columbia University, New York, NY, 1986
Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1982