Yangsan, Gyeongsangnamdo, South Korea


Hyunju Kim explores issues related to the subconscious, memory, and feeling through the process of painting. Her practice often searches the ungraspable connections between reality and dreams, as well as those between life and death. Her paintings reflect a deep fascination with psychoanalysis and dream interpretation, representing her own attempt to examine the dichotomy between waking life and the dream state. In her view, dreams revisit old memories that haven't fully assimilated and her paintings recall her own dreams.


MFA, Contemporary Art Practice, Portland State University, OR 2016
Post-Baccalaureate, Art Practice, Portland State University, OR 2013
BA, International Studies, Korea Maritime University, Busan, South Korea, 2006


Artist Residency:
Gyeongnam Art Creative Center, South Korea, 2019
TianHongMeiHeYuan, Hangzhou, China, 2018
Gachang Art Studio, Daegu, South Korea, 2018
PLAYA Artist Residency, Summer Lake, OR 2016

Artist Trust Annual Art Auction, Seattle, WA 2017, 2018
Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction, Portland, OR, 2015, 2016


*WETLAND, Gallery IS, Seoul, 2021
*꽃잠, Yukyung Art Museum, Geoje, 2020
*꿈밭에서 꽃들이, Gallery Daon, Seoul, 2020
*Wet Dreams, Yipin Art Space, Hangzhou, China, 2018
*Redder on Red, Yukyung Art Museum, Geoje, 2018
*꿈이 떠나서 몸이 무거워, Space Gachang, Daegu, 2018
*김현주 초대전, Gallery Joyang, Daegu, 2018
*꿈꾸는 꿈, Seonyu Gallery, Busan, 2018
*Lucid Dreamer, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wichita, KS 2017
*The Innocent Eye is Blind, Erickson Gallery, Portland, OR 2017
RISE: Tragedy & Trauma, Core Gallery, Seattle, WA 2017
Cultural Perspectives, SMT Gallery, Seattle, WA 2016
*Two Ends, Autzen Gallery, Portland, OR 2016
Kent Summer Art Exhibition (People's Choice), Centennial Center Gallery, Kent, WA 2016
Business Time, Autzen Gallery, Portland, OR 2015
Simon Benson Award Show, AB Gallery, Portland, OR 2015
Visual Art Award Show, Parkside Gallery, Richland, WA 2015
19 Human Artists, Autzen Gallery, Portland, OR 2015
irl///onlineonly, Surplus Space, Portland, OR 2015
3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Littman & White Gallery, Portland, OR 2015
17th Annual ISAP International Exhibition, The Showroom Gallery, Paso Robles, CA 2014
Reflections, City Hall Visual Art Gallery, Gresham, OR 2014
The Elegant Nude, The Gallery at the Watershed, Eugene, OR 2014