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South Korean Artist, Jihyun Ra, Premieres Her First U.S. Painting Show at AIR Gallery

GLENCOE, ILLINOIS (July 22, 2022) -- AIR Studio + Gallery is pleased to present South Korean painter Jihyun Ra in her first U.S. solo exhibition at AIR Gallery in Glencoe, IL, running August 6-28, 2022. The opening reception will be Saturday, August 6 from 5:00-7:00PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Raised in Seoul, South Korea and earning her MFA candidacy at the prestigious Hongik Graduate School in Seoul, Jihyun Ra says “Over the last 12 years since I came to the U.S., I have been exposed to the rich mosaic of American life.” While her paintings are deeply rooted in Korean artistic traditions, Ra’s style has evolved to embrace her American experience.

Ra states it is her intention to create harmonious compositions; she postulates that since nature is inherently diverse, then diversity itself is a unifying principle. A person, a bird, mountains and trees appear as three-dimensional composites of colors, patterns and fabric swatches on monochromatic, unstructured backgrounds, building on the formal principles of Korean screen painting. Unity in diversity!

In Ra’s paintings, shapes are not outlined or drawn; she achieves definition by layering to create volume, texture and intricate patterning. Lines, when they do appear on the canvas, are unconnected and unstructured, and may even appear to have been dripped from a brush onto the canvas.

About AIR Studio + Gallery AIR (Artists-in-Residence) Studio + Gallery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit artist incubator located in Glencoe, Illinois. Our community of artist members are provided studio space to work, a gallery to display their art, learning and networking opportunities, camaraderie and support. AIR Gallery, located at 348 Tudor Court in downtown Glencoe, is open Thursdays through Saturdays from noon-5:00PM or by appointment (text 708-466-3519 to schedule).


Media contact: Beth Peterson Phone: 708-466-3519 Email: Additional artwork image files available upon request.

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