Woodland Park, NJ, United States
About ShinYoung An
While reading about and listening to social and environmental issues in the news, the articles and stories began affecting me in such a way that I wanted this to be reflected in my art. I depict my reactions to these events through the visual interaction of hands, feet and portraits painted against a backdrop of current news articles that have touched me. I try to collect headlines and photos with the least biased content from around the world. Not only do I use current news articles that have an impact on me, but I also use original newspaper articles about historic events in order to preserve those stories on paper for the future. I am concerned that printed media may cease to be as prevalent in the future due to rapidly developing technologies. I try to find truth in what I express by using historical articles and leave the realities of current issues to the next generation. History shows we cannot have a bright future without correct historical recognition and reflection. All the pieces in my current series portray the daily lives of ordinary people who are at peace, at rest, and unconcerned juxtaposed with disturbing or encouraging real world newspaper images and articles.
2003-2004 Painter/Member, Cercle Artistic de Sant Lluc in Barcelona, Spain
2001-2005 Painting & Drawing, The Art Students League of New York
1999-2001 M.F.A. in Painting The Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art
1996-1999 Painting & Drawing, Art Students League of New York
1982-1986 B.F.A. in Fine Art, Hyosung Women's University of Daegu, South Korea
ShinYoung has been awarded 31 awards including a 2011 fellowship grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Best of Show 2004 from the Heartland Exhibition of the City of Merriam in Kansas and an Xavier Gonzalez & Edwards grant for painting from the Artists League of NY in 2003.
Her work has been reviewed and published in more than 40 critical articles throughout the US, Spain, South Korea, the UK, Italy, Germany and Australia. She was invited the figurative artist of New Jersey by "Figure 50" for launching the site from Sept 25, 2013 to Mar,31, 2014. She was also interviewed by media including on eFM English radio in South Korea and on M-U-S-E-U-M.org.
Ms. An's work has been shown at numerous exhibitions(8 solo, 2 two-person and 102 group) throughout the U.S., Italy, Spain, Japan and South Korea since arriving in the U.S. in 1995.
She has had solo exhibitions at the following venues:
2014 The Bergen Performing Arts Center, NJ
2013 The Azarian McCullough Art Gallery of St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY
2010 The M. Christina Geis Gallery of Georgian Court University, NJ
2009 The Monmouth Museum, NJ
2007 The Greenwich Cafe Gallery in Greenwich
2004 The La Bolsa” Gallery in Barcelona, Spain
Her two person exhibitions: 2015 with Howard Tran(sculptor) lower gallery in Stockton Art Gallery, NJ 2010 with Steven Cavalo at the Bergen Performing Art Center, NJ
She has also participated in about 102 invitational and juried group exhibitions throughout the USA, Italy, Spain, Japan and South Korea since arriving in the US in 1995. These would include:
The Noyes Museum, NJ
The New Jersey State Museum
The Kupferberg Holocaust Museum, NY
The Monmouth Museum, NJ
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Trenton City Museum, NJ
The Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center, NY
The Foundazione Querini Stampalia, Italy:“Exhibition Imago Mundi”-55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale