Seoul, b.1982

Keunmin Lee

Korean-born artist Keunmin Lee has risen to notability through his refined depictions of raw hallucinations. Lee invites audiences into the most private realm of his psyche. The viewer - an interloper on Lee’s imaginings - witnesses an alternative reality and forced to consider a perception where no physical presence exists. Through weaving in personal experiences from the depths of his mind, Keunmin Lee’s art serves as an archive for the most honest epitaph of mental trauma.

Prompted by a diagnosis many years ago of borderline personality disorder, Lee has recorded his encounters with hallucinatory figures. For some time, Lee felt defined by the label of his condition, but as his practice has grown, he has attuned his creative power utilizing the poignancy of his hallucinations as a source of artistic...

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Biography

Korean-born artist Keunmin Lee has risen to notability through his refined depictions of raw hallucinations. Lee invites audiences into the most private realm of his psyche. The viewer - an interloper on Lee’s imaginings - witnesses an alternative reality and forced to consider a perception where no physical presence exists. Through weaving in personal experiences from the depths of his mind, Keunmin Lee’s art serves as an archive for the most honest epitaph of mental trauma.

Prompted by a diagnosis many years ago of borderline personality disorder, Lee has recorded his encounters with hallucinatory figures. For some time, Lee felt defined by the label of his condition, but as his practice has grown, he has attuned his creative power utilizing the poignancy of his hallucinations as a source of artistic material. Lee’s works flow from mind to
canvas without plan or design, creating an image of entangled flesh and phantasmagorical gestures. His paintings exude emotional intensity and viewers are drawn into his introspective contemplations. Through this enormity, the art demands to be seen whilst the content demands to be felt. Through the exploration adapting to the diabolic inside of him Keunmin Lee renders his hallucinations universally tangible.

Artworks

7

Media System, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Autobiographical Approach / Blurring Boundaries / Canvas / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Korean Art / Dense Composition / Hallucination/Imperialism / Ink on Paper / Korean Art / Mental Illness / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Paper / Reality and Fantasy/Illusion/Imagination / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / Seoul / South Korea / Spontaneity / The Grotesque

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Redefining the Undefined, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2016

    Do I Wake or Do I Sleep, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2015

    Trace the Empty Scene, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Secretly, Greatly, Eul Gallery, Daegu, Korea

  • Omakase, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Contemporary Figurative Painting, Cian Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

Collections

  • Colección Solo, Madrid, Spain

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Redefining the Undefined, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2016

    Do I Wake or Do I Sleep, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2015

    Trace the Empty Scene, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2014

    Solidifying in the Frame, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2013

    The Portrait of Hallucination, Gallery Dam, Seoul

  • 2011

    No.25, Gallery Dam, Seoul

  • 2010

    The Young Korean Artist, Hyun gallery, Seoul

  • Random Tetris, EVE Gallery, Seoul

  • 2009

    Selected Drawings, Salon de Factory, Seoul

  • 1st Solo Exhibition, JK Space Gallery, Seoul

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Secretly, Greatly, Eul Gallery, Daegu, Korea

  • Omakase, Shin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Contemporary Figurative Painting, Cian Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

  • Ugly as Art, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul

  • In the Mind, Through the Body, Shin Gallery, New York

  • Boucher to Lee, Shin Gallery, New York

  • 2016

    Knight Café: Man Ray and Keunmin Lee, Shin Gallery, New York

  • 2015

    All the Windows to the World, Blume Museum of Contemporary Art, Paju, Korea

Collections

  • Colección Solo, Madrid, Spain