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Louise KWON (권루이) Artist Biography

[Gallery Submission]


Artist Statement


My paintings are meditative spaces in which I depict longing, sadness, and fantasy. A deliberate slowness and calm are typical of the tone and pace. A single figure, minimally adorned, tends to occupy the focus of the foreground. Surrounded by a still expanse of emptiness, there are few other details, if any, to distract from the complete presence of the form. The viewer is left feeling captivated, drawn in by the concise simplicity of the image, submerged in its heavy quietude. The figures' skins convey a nuanced depth and pallor, an impressive range of gradation and muted color that resonates through several thin, carefully applied, layers of oil paint. The attention to the translucent rendering of these milky skins, and the contrast created with subtly bloodshot eyes and carefully stylized features transports the figurative realism in the work beyond the realm of naturalism. The figures are excessively human in their pristine vulnerability, and yet entirely other, emotionally charged, and surreal. At times, the bodies depicted are wrapped in bandages, caught somewhere between life, trauma, death, and convalescence. This space of ambiguity in which the self is suspended somewhere between a beginning and an end is a recurrent theme.


Aroma 2019 oil on canvas 91X91cm



In search of lost memory 2018 oil on canvas 130X162.2cm



Timeless 2018 oil on canvas 97X130cm



Eternal Memory 2018 oil on canvas 97X130cm



Coral Rose 2017 oil on canvas 72.7X91.9cm



Red Moon 2015 oil on canvas 60.6X72.7cm



Romance 2015 oil on canvas 60.6X72.7cm



Scarlet 2013 oil on canvas 91X116.8cm



Melancholia 2014 oil on canvas 130.3X162.2cm



Butterfly 2014 oil on canvas 162.2X112cm



Rain 2014 oil on canvas 97X162.2cm



Perfume 2019 oil on canvas 91X91cm



Primavera 2016 oil on canvas 63X91cm



Royal Blue 2019 oil on canvas 53X45.5cm



Aroma Therapy 2019 oil on canvas 53X45.5cm



Artist Biography


Born 1975 in Seoul, Republic of Korea
Currently lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Face, Sahngup Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2019 Aroma Theraphy, Leeseoul Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Botanic Garden, Artspace H, Seoul, South Korea
2016 Melancholia, Thinkspace Gallery, LA, USA
2014 Monologue, Zaha Museum, Seoul, South Korea
2013 White Elegy, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy
2013 Kwon Kyung-yup Solo Show, Gallery ilho, Seoul, South Korea
2010 Last Letter, Unseal Contemporary, ToKyo
2009 Space of Memory, Gana Art Center, Seoul , South Korea
2008 Space of Memory- Art Seoul, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul , South Korea


Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Special Feature of Window, Dorothy Circus Gallery, London, England
2019 Figurative Expession, Leeseoul Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2018 Splendid Moments, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, South Korea
2018 100 Albums 100 Artists, Lotte Avenuel Art Hall, Seoul, South Korea
2018 With Spring, AK Gallery, Suwon, South Korea
2018 The First Love, Lotte Gallery, Daegu, South Korea
2017 DCG 10th anniversary, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy
2017 Art Collaboration Exhibition, KOTRA, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Painting: from memory 1gram, Gana insa art Center, Seoul, South Korea
2017 100 Albums 100 Artists, Avenuel Arthall, Lotte world tower, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Pinkwall Project, Gana Art Park, Yangju, South Korea
2017 Hommage, Gana Art Park, Yangju, South Korea
2017 Spring Flower Love, ilho gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Pink me up. AK gallery, Suwon, South Korea
2017 Art Kaohsiung 2017, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2017 The 35th Korea Galleries Art Fair 2017, COEX, Seoul, South Korea
2016 The Painting- Face of Today, Avenuel Arthall, Lotte world tower, Seoul, South Korea
2016 The Painting- Face of Today, Lotte Gallery, daegu, South Korea
2016 Art Kyeonggi, Pan-gyo Tecno Valley, Pangyo, South Korea
2016 Aux Etats-Unis, Ujong Museum of Art, Boseong, South Korea
2015 Taste of Korea, Omer Tiroche Gallery, London, UK
2015 LAX/LHR, Stolen space gallery, London, UK
2015 Invisible College, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana, USA
2015 LAX/DTW, Inner State Gallery, Detroit, USA
2015 Pow Wow Hawaii 2015, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, USA
2015 20 Years Under The Influence of Juxtapoz, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, USA
2015 La Familia- Thinkspace 10 Year Anniversary, Thinkspace gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2015 Smashing Suggestions, Pink Zeppelin Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2014 FUMA Contemporary Tokyo | Bunkyo Art gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Korea National Museum exhibition- Me and another me, Chuncheon Art Center, Korea
2014 LAX/TXL, Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany
2014 Omziem in bewondering, Mohlmann Museum, Appingedam, The Netherlands
2014 Trick Art VS Fine Art, 93 Museum, Paju, Korea
2013 PopNewPop, Museum Macro Testaccio, Rome, Italy
2013 LACRIMA AQUARIUM institutional exhibition, Acquario Romano Museum, Rome, Italy
2013 Face of Age, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2013 Original&Originals, Lotte gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013 Beyond the face, ilho gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Inside Her Eyes, Museum Palazzo Valentini, Rome, Italy
2012 Dreamscapes, Cabinodd Gallery, The Netherlands
2012 The Artery Show, Cabinodd Gallery, The Netherlands
2012 Korean Ride, Artstation Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012 S.M.Art Exhibition- Collaboration with SM town, COEX, Seoul, Korea
2012 Healing Camp- Gana Atelier Regident Artists Report Exhibition, Gana Art Center, Seoul
2012 K-Art star, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2012 Family, YangPyeong Art Museum, YangPyeong, Korea
2012 Face Unlock, JangHeung Art Park museum, Yangju, Korea
2011 BLOOOM Art Show, Staatenhaus am Rheinpark, Cologne, Germany
2011 Twente Biennale, The Creative Factory, Hengelo, The Netherlands
2011 Liaison Amsterdam, Cabinodd gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Sotheby's Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2011 Kwon Kyungyup & Sung Yujin's Duo exhibition, atelier aki in Versace, Seoul, Korea
2011 Fiction & Nonfiction, Interalia, Seoul, Korea
2011 Heroes, Gana Art Gallery, Busan, Korea
2011 Collectors's Selection, Gana Art Center, Busan, Korea
2011 Aesthetics of small thing, Artuser gallery, Seoul, Korea
2010 New Reality, Bunkamura gallery of Tokyu, Unseal gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Busan Biennale - Now Asian Artist, Busan cityhall, Busan, Korea
2010 My room our atelier- Gana Atelier Regident Artists Report Exhibition, Gana Art Center, Seoul
2010 The more the better- Sun art 33th Anniversary Exhibition, Sun gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 HaHa Museum, Geumsan Gallery, Paju, Korea
2009 Atelier Artists, Jangheung Atelier, Yangju, Korea
2008 Opening Show, Times Art Gallery, Taipei, Korea
2008 The 9th 'Cutting Edge', Seoul Auction Center, Seoul, Korea
2008 The BRIDGE- Gana art 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Insa Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2008 Blue Dot ASIA, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2008 MicroART69-Heart, In-Sa Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2008 Next Art 2008, Insa Art Plaza, Seoul, Korea
2008 Meet with Passion, I-sang Gallery, Seoul South Korea
2007 Team preview “Art Show”, Gallery Indeco, Seoul, Korea
2007 Team preview 7th, Alternative Space Team preview, Seoul, Korea


Awards and Residencies
2008~ 2018 Gana Art Jangheung Atelier
2017 KOTRA Art Collaboration
2006 Danwon Art
2005 Danwon Art


Public Collections
2012 National Museum of Contemporary Art Bank, South Korea
2012 SM Entertainment, South Korea
2014 Urban Nation Museum, Berlin, Germany
2016 Liz Corporation, Seong-nam, South Korea
2017 Busan Bank, South Korea

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