Sulhwa, LEE
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Sulhwa Lee
1988 born in Seoul, Korea


2011 BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
2014 Completed Master's program toward MFA degree in Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
2017 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

I combine formal investigations of painting gesture with the aesthetics of contemporary graphics contents such as 3D rendered objects, virtual landscapes in computer game, and animations. I employ methods and aesthetics evoking the digitally constructed images, which are then translated into manual hand painted formalist applications to arrive at eerie spaces. For example, gestural brush marks are often juxtaposed against a graphic style of mark making utilizing Photoshop marks, airbrushing, sanding, or masking. The recent appearance of a figure in my body of works infuses my canvases with organic life and stimulates a context for a landscape. I shape the figures to be genderless evoking the identity of virtual reality characters. The figure yields to space’s formal composition, yet permeate it with the subtle yet sublime breath of organic life, anticipating the dystopian post-technological era.

Solo/ Duo person Exhibition
2014  Playing the field, Won Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2017  Unoriginal sublime, The Mission Project, Chicago, IL, USA
2017  Control & Contrast, two-person show with Nosh Singer, The Mission Project, Chicago, IL, USA

Selected Group Exhibition
2016  Collaborative project, Bow Truss, Chicago, IL, USA
2017  EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
2017  Julius Caesar, Presence Interrupted, Chicago, IL, USA
2017  Friday the 13th, Nail in a Pocket, Chicago, IL, USA
2017  MFA show, Sullivan Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA
2018  ART TAIPEI 2018, Taipei, TAIWAN
2019  Silent Night, Artnutri Gallery, Miaoli, TAIWAN
2019  Falling Through 'n' Going After, One Eyed Studio, curated by Izabela Gola, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Related Experience
2017  Founder of Nail in a Pocket, non-profit artist run project space, Chicago, IL
2017  Panel Discussion “Presence Interrupted” (conversation with Billy James Joyce, Brooke Kanther, Kellie Romany)


2019  New American Painting MFA Competition Issue #141
2019  KNACK Magazine Issue #52

Jun-book National bank, JunJu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul National University hospital, Seoul, South Korea

Garden of eyes

 Ice King and a cat

Nocturnal plant

Untitled (16-02) 121x101 cm