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Ahn Hyun-Ju

Korea, Republic Of 1969

Abstract Art

Ahn Hyun-Ju
Ahn Hyun-Ju
Korea, Republic Of
June 2, 2016

Ahn Hyun-Ju is a South Korean artist who has been dedicated to abstract painting for 15 years. Her work combines the use of vivid colors with interesting three-dimensional frameworks. The artist considers her pieces as volume painting and what is interesting about her background is the fact that she’s trained both in painting and sculpture. Such background helped Hyun-Ju to develop a strong sense of three-dimensionality, which is clearly visible in the majority of her works.

Ahn Hyun-Ju - Untitled from Unfolded Lines Series, 2007
Ahn Hyun-Ju – A042007-1, 2007

Korean and German Influences

Ahn Hyun-Ju was born in 1969 in South Korea. Her artistic background is quite versatile – first, she studied sculpture at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul and afterwards she moved to Germany, where she continued her studies at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. After she graduated in 2000, she decided to dedicate herself mainly to developing abstract works. Her pieces are characterized by painting directly onto three-dimensional frames made of aluminium. This approach is quite experimental, but Hyun-Ju was never afraid of novelties. Her artistic instincts lead into the research of unique painting techniques and unusual color combinations. In 2016, which means 16 years after the artist started to develop her own style, her oeuvre grew quite rich and her works have participated in several exhibitions in art galleries across Europe.

Hyun-Ju’s artistic instincts lead her into the research of unique painting techniques and unusual color combinations

Ahn Hyun-Ju – A0210-1, 2009

Experimenting with Materials and Colors

Hyun-Ju has experimented with many materials before she has finally settled on aluminium since she discovered that neutrality and stability of this materials go along with her ideas very well. Her work is strongly focused on the aesthetic aspects – she likes to play with different shapes, patterns, and colors. For example, in her series from 2013 called Irrational Symmetry, Hyun-Ju explores compositions which seem balanced without the use of horizontal or vertical lines. She is also known to be quite particular when it comes to her palette. The artist mixes acrylic paints with pigments and enjoys the novelty of such approach. The pigments she uses allow her to obtain different opacities and transparencies, which are used to achieve the layering effects, typical for her Dripping series, In these pieces, she combines monochromatic flats with color drippings, playfully creating a sense of chaos within the underlying order and simplicity.

The artist mixes acrylics with pigments, enjoying the novelty of such approach

Ahn Hyun-Ju – Irrational Symmetry #9, 2013

Avoiding Symbolism, Celebrating Aesthetics

Hyun-Ju’s work emphasizes the beauty of simplicity and avoids as much as possible inserting any symbolism or references to the past and history. She uses simple, most essential processes to convert her ideas into painting. Such basic approach gives her a lot of freedom and ability to let her imagination run wild. Nowadays, when the art in general is overwhelmed with the plentitude of references coming from the world of media and politics, Hyun-Ju’s beautiful simplicity represents a real jewel.

The artist is represented by Artistics.

Ahn Hyun-Ju lives and works in Germany.

Featured Image: Artist’s Portrait
All images courtesy of Artistics gallery.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Le Salon Realites NouvellesParis, FRGroup
2016Die GrosseMuseum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, DEGroup
2015The Drawing CollectiveAbstract Project, Paris, FRGroup
2015Le Salon Realites NouvellesParis, FRGroup
2014Die GrosseMuseum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, DEGroup
2013Le Salon Realites NouvellesParis, FRGroup
2012FARBE-RAUM-KONZEPTGallery Kunstraum Dreieich, near FrankfurtGroup
2012Le Salon Realites NouvellesParis, FRGroup
2011Saturation PointThe Corner Hous gallery, London, UKGroup
2011Biennale Armoricaine d'Art VivantBrittany, FRGroup
2011Poste ConcretGallery Paris CONCRET, FRGroup
2011FARBE-RAUM-KONZEPTGallery Schutte, Essen, DEGroup
2010MalereiGallery Schutte, Essen, DESolo
2010Exhibition of nomineesKunsthalle Messmer, Riegel, DEGroup
2009Artfair21gallery Kustraum 21, Cologne, DEGroup
2009ONE MINUTE international film & video festivalAarau, SwissGroup
2009World HeritageKokerei Zollverein, Essen, DEGroup
2008AUKTIONNeuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, DEGroup
2008Artfair21Gallery Kustraum 21, Cologne, DEGroup
2007NEUE ARBEITENGallery Lausberg, Duesseldorf, DESolo
2007Kubo ShowRegional art fair, Herne, DEGroup
2007Art Fair 21Gallery Kunstraum21, CologneGroup
2007Art TorontoGallery B. Lausberg TorontoGroup
2006Colore Non SoloTheseustempel, Kunsthistorisches Museum, ViennaGroup
2006Art Fair21Gallery Kunstraum21, CologneGroup
2006ViennafairMuseum Arttera, Vienna, AUGroup
2006KUBO ShowRegional Art Fair, HerneGroup
2005Colore Non SoloVenice, ITGroup
2005Kubo ShowRegional Art Fair, HerneGroup
2004TIVAT NEW ART COLLECTIONMuzej I Galerija Ljetnjikovca Buca- Lukovic, MontenegroGroup
2003DARMSTAEDTER SEZESSIONInstituts Mathildenhoehe, DarmstadtGroup
2003OBJEKTIVArt Cult Center in Museumsquartier, ViennaGroup
2002Sommerspiel-Hafen Licht SpieleDusseldorf, DEGroup
2002Zoll / 21 young artists of DUsseldorfDusseldorf, DEGroup
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