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Cheonae Kim

The works of Cheonae Kim (김천애), taking the form of a grid created by layering horizontal and vertical lines, give the impression of looking at bright and colorful traditional Korean patterns with a sense of color. For the artist, the lines represent the everyday experiences of humans composed of contradictory elements. She believes horizontal lines are passive and vertical lines are relatively active. As such, she works with the duality of lines to explore her interest in the human condition through infinite combinations of vertical and horizontal lines.

Born in Korea in 1952, Cheonae Kim graduated from Ewha Womans University before moving to the United States to study painting, drawing and printmaking at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She currently lives and works in New York City, USA.

Personal exhibitions

2016 “Memoir: Portraits”, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, USA

2013 “portrait”, Phil Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA

2012 “Cheonae Kim”, Gallery Space, Murphysboro, IL, USA

2010 “New Work”, Philip Slein Gallery, Saint Louis, USA
“Mediterranean 224”, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2009 “Murmur”, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2006  “Interplay,” Zolla/Lieberman Gallery Inc., Chicago, IL, USA

2005  “Interplay”, William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA

2004  “Turn and Turn Again”, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, AL, USA

2003 “Recent Paintings”, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

2002 “Checkerboard Lounge”, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, USA

2001  “Recent Paintings”, Vanier Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ, USA

2000  Foyer Installation, Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA

1999  “Actual Size”, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL, USA

Groups exhibitions

2016 “Summer Breeze”, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY, USA

2015 “New American Paintings: Midwest Edition”, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL, USA
“Everywhere and Elsewhere”, Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO, USA

2011 “Repertoire”, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
“An Exchange with Sol LeWitt”, Cabinet and MASS Moca, North Adams, MA, USA

2009 “Checkerboard lounge”, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA

2008 Chicago Looks: Portraits by Chicago Artist”, Public Art Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

2007 “Word/Music”, Michael Berger Art Gallery, Pittsburg, PA, USA
“D.I.C.K”, Cheonae Kim & Artists Collective, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, Evansville, IN, USA
“The Inland See: Contemporary Art around Lake Michigan”, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA

2005  “The Hard Way”, Phillip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA

2004  “Mapped  from there to here”, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY, USA

“52 Words/52 Images”, Cedarhurst, Administration Building Gallery, Mt. Vernon, IL, USA

“Inner Positive”, Klein Artworks, Chicago, IL, USA

2000 “Bad Directions”, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL, USA

Two Person Show, Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale, IL, USA

“Summer Indulgence”, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY, USA

“Out of Line,” Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, USA

Selected works