Ivory Yeunmi Lee
San Francisco-based artist Ivory Yeunmi Lee received her BFA and MFA from Kookmin University in Seoul. Her paintings are ironic and witty, existing on the border between fantasy and reality. While at first glance her works appear very graphic, Lee employees a variety of very traditional media, including oil, acrylic and colored pencil, to compose each piece. Each composition is centered on Lee’s concept of ‘The Garden’ as the basic matrix from which everything else in this universe originates. Executed in a lightly saturated color palette, her whimsical landscapes are inhabited by anthropomorphized plants and creatures. Despite the playful demeanor of these cartoon like creations, it is easy to sense the darkness that lurks beneath the surface.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITION
“After the garden is closed”
Pyo gallery, Los Angeles
"The closed garden 2nd story _
The garden inferno”, Interalia, Seoul,
"The closed garden"-Tokyo
"Fantastic Nature" Da Vinci gallery,
Seoul , S.Korea
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
by Simple Steps
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, San Francisco, CA
I'm an Artist and a mom
by Simply steps
Mitchell park community center ,Palo Alto, CA
'Sweet n low'
an international show of cute
Bedford Gallery, walnut creek, CA
“Unpostered”, Drawing Blind, Seoul, South Korea
‘BOTANICA; ALL THINGS PLANT LIFE"
national Juried Exhibition and was juried by Ken Harman of Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA and MacKenzie Stevens of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
“Tiny”, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
“Gleaming Apollo”, Gallery 825, LAAA,
“Born in 1980s’ , Gallery Y, Los Angeles
“Gone fishing”- Pyo Gallery,
Paju book city art platform 1st
Paju Book city, S. Korea
Sun gallery 33rd Anniversary
Changwon Asia Art Festival
'The Fantastic Garden',
Changwon, S. Korea
"Enliven- In Between Realities and Fiction - Animamix Biennial
Today Art Museum, Baijing, China "Metaphors of Un/Real - Animamix Biennial 2009-2010"
Shanghai MoCA, China
ILMIN Museum of Art , Seoul, S. Korea
"Art Road77", Hangil art space, Heyri, Korea
"Fashion, Art, Raising Translation" Aramnuri Museum of Art, Goyang,
"Young Generation Artist_KOREA", Withspace gallery, 789 artzone, Bejing, China
"Narrative play 2009", Gallery Ho, Seoul, S. Korea
Selected emerging artist "IYAP"
Interalia, Seoul, S. Korea
Work in progress" B.T.A.P +Tokyo gallery, Beijing, China
"The flower" Tong-in gallery, Seoul,
"The support's night" Savina Museum, Seoul, S. Korea
"White sale love for children"
Gana Art center miru,
"Seoul Auction Young Artists"
Insa Art center, Seoul, S.Korea
Selected emerging artist "SeMA2006"
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, S. Korea
Selected emerging artist
"Trend-Spotting 2006" Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, S. Korea
"Three toes" Moran gallery,
Seoul, S. Korea
"Hey Art, Hello Design!!" Moa gallery, Heyri, S. Korea
"The Perfect Garden" Kookmin Art gallery, Seoul, S. Korea
"Vision21" SungShin Womin's Univ, Seoul, S. Korea
"Public Art Project"
Chongshin Univ. Library ,
Team-Preview, Seoul, S. Korea
"3rd Preview" Team-Preview,
Seoul, S. Korea
"Breath" Indeco gallery, Seoul, S.Korea
"Pulled out to imagination"
Kookmin Art gallery, Seoul, S. Korea
“Control my desirel" Kookmin Univ, Seoul, S. Korea
"Kaleidoscope" Ssamzie space,
Seoul, S. Korea
Selected artist for Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA, Gallery 825)
Select Artist by Korean Contemporary Art (www.Akive.org)
Paju book city art platform 1st Selected Artist residency, Korea
Christie's online Auction
'Half the sky'
Blue Canvas Art Magazine, Selected Artist, August 2012 by blue canvas
Art and Culture,
The Monthly Art Magazine in Korea,
2014 ‘미주알 고주알’, book cover illustration, published by ‘난다’, South Korea 2008
‘두근 두근, 몸에 관한 어떤 산문시’,cover illustration and drawings for book, published by ‘Random House Korea, South Korea 2007
‘행복한 난청’, book cover illustration, published by ‘Random House Korea, South Korea