Shyun's work will be on view at our Grand Opening on August 3rd, 2018. See our events page for details.
Painting is not merely an aesthetic endeavor for me, but also an
Life is the overarching theme of my paintings. I hope to
share with others my observations in life in simple yet layered terms.
Life has always been the most intriguing subject to me. I see it as a
giant sphere which coalesces with the myriad facets of the shared human
experience. I aim to express how I perceive such facets on canvas.
I begin my delineation with a subject, which usually becomes the
title of the painting. The delineation is succinct in order to capture the
essence of the subject. I let my intuition dictate a geometric composition
by applying my own symbolic logic. The lines, shapes, angles, and
placements are formed and the color scheme follows. While executing it
on canvas, I find myself instinctively improvising along the way to achieve
its aesthetic value.
Born and educated in South Korea, Shyun Song moved to the United
States in 1989. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Education from Ewha
Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. Her work experience includes 15
years as a banker in Seoul and 3 years teaching in Los Angeles.
After moving to New York in 2000, she studied at the Art Students League
of New York with William Scharf. She is currently painting full-time at
her home studio.
It took her several decades to return to her first love: art. In grade
school, she was a self-motivated young artist. During her adolescent years,
however, the scope of her curiosity about life widened and art seemed too
narrow a path for her. In college, the motto of her major, self-realization,
inspired her and it became an enduring theme in her life. While she was
writing a critical analysis on children's literature for her Master's degree in
Education, she was convinced of the fullness of human potential.
Song enjoyed her banking career for its constantly challenging
situations that demanded her to develop the wide spectrum of her
potential. Teaching, however, was not for her, although it was rewarding.
When she began drawing at the League, she found herself feeling
immediately at home. Resuming art meant a homecoming after a long
excursion. Art satisfies her fully as it demands all of her being, as well as
that of the viewer. She believes that a total rapport through art can
expand our souls.