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Koo Seunghwui

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Koo Seunghwui - painter

Seunghwui Koo is a South Korean artist who lives and works in New York City. She creates unique mixed media works and sculptures that combine the pig’s head with the human body, exploring the symbolism of pigs in Eastern and Western cultures.

Eastern and Western cultures

Seunghwui Koo is interested in the symbolism of the pig in the cultures that have shaped her. In Korea, it is traditional to celebrate new endeavours with a pig’s head in the centre of the room, and money is put into its mouth. In Eastern cultures, pigs symbolise wealth and good fortune, whereas in Western culture they represent greed.

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Mixed media ‘piggies’

Seunghwui Koo trained in sculpture and works in resin, plaster, clay and mixed media to create the small ‘piggies’ in her works. Some of her works can contain as many as 12,000 handmade pig sculptures that create a textured surface. She uses bright colours and paints satiric images on these ‘piggies’ to create a whimsical atmosphere, but at the same time they represent a careful, sometimes critical commentary on modern society.

National success

Seunghwui Koo has exhibited widely across the USA, on both coasts, and in her native South Korea. She has exhibited in museums such as the Newark Museum and the Monmouth Museum and at art fairs, including Art New York and Art Context Miami.

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Mixed media piggies

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Credentials

Prizes

  • 2017
    Main Street Arts- Best in Show, 'Small works 2017, A national juried exhibition Award'– New York, United States
  • 2017
    Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles- Winner of ‘23rd Contemporary Juried Art Exhibition Award’– Los Angeles, United States
  • 2016
    Monmouth Museum- Honorable Mention, '37th Annual Juried Art Exhibition'– New Jersey, United States
  • 2015
    Studio Montclair- 2nd Place, '18th Annual open Juried exhibition'– New Jersey, United States
  • 2015
    Main Line Art Center- Winner, 'Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art'– Philadelphia, United States
  • 2014
    The Art Center of Northern New Jersey- 1st Place Sculpture, 'Focus New Jersey 2014'– New Jersey, United States
  • 2014
    Allied Artists of America, INC- 'The Allied Artists of America Members and Associated Award'– New York, United States
  • 2014
    Korean Cultural Center New York- Exhibition Award 2014– New York, United States
  • 2013
    '1st Call for Bushwick' Art Festival - Winner, 'Internation Art Competition and Exhibition'– New york, United States

Group exhibitions

  • 2017
    'Art Context Miami' / Blank Space Gallery NY – Miami, FL, United States
  • 2017
    'Small Works 2017" / Main Street Arts – New York, United States
  • 2017
    'Off the Wall', Sculpture Exhibition / AHL Foundation & Bank of Hope – New York, United States
  • 2017
    'Con Artist Collective' Fall Residency Artist Exhibition / Con Artists Gallery – New York, United States
  • 2017
    'Kunsten Festival Watou 2017', 37th Edition / Kunsten Festival Watou – Watou, Belgium
  • 2017
    'Art New York' Pier 94 Art Fair / Blank Space Gallery NY – New York, United States
  • 2017
    '84th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Hudson Valley Art Association’ / Hudson Valley Art Association – New York, United States
  • 2017
    'Multi Lane II', H.O.V-Art / Demouzy Contemporary Gallery – New York, United States
  • 2017
    ‘One Another’ The 23rd Auunal juried art exhibition / Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles – Los Angeles, United States
  • 2017
    Affordable Art Fair NYC' / H.O.V-Art – New York, United States
  • 2017
    'Yellow', 'In your dream' / The Art Alliance of Monmouth County – New Jersey, United States
  • 2016
    '2016 Professional Artist Membership and Exhibition' / Main Line Art Center – Philadelphia, United States
  • 2016
    'Fantasy Pill' 4 Person exhibition / Chashama Gallery – New York, United States
  • 2016
    '4 Heads/ 9th Annual Governors Island Art Fair' / Governors Island, GIAF – New York, United States
  • 2016
    'COLOR', National Juried Art Show NYC / BWAC Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition – New York, United States
  • 2016
    'Monmouth Museum 37th Annual Juried Exhibition' / Monmouth Museum – New York, United States
  • 2016
    'Up Against the Wall' / The Art Alliance of Monmouth County – New Jersey, United States
  • 2015
    'Power, Protest and Resistance' / Rush Arts Gallery, Chelsea – New York, United States
  • 2015
    'Eclectic Junction', Invitation Exhibition / Riverside Gallery – New Jersey, United States
  • 2015
    'ViewPoints 2015', 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Studio Montclair / Aljira A Center for Contemporary – New Jersey, United States
  • 2015
    'Art to Stop You in Your Tracks', 32nd Annual SNUCMAA / Marriott Hotel, Teaneck – New Jersey, United States
  • 2015
    '2015 Baker's Dozen, An exhibition of Winners for the 2015 Artists of the Month' / Art Guild New Jersey – New Jersey, United States
  • 2014
    'Confessions' / Belskie Museum – New Jersey, United States
  • 2014
    'Ready or Not' / Newark Museum – New Jersey, United States
  • 2014
    ’82nd Annual Juried Exhibition' / Hudson Valley Art Association – New York, United States
  • 2014
    '100th Anniversary, Annual Exhibition 2014' / The Allied Artists of America, INC – New York, United States
  • 2014
    ‘Eye Candy’ / Jadite Gallery, Hell's Kitchen – New York, United States
  • 2014
    ‘Summer Art Festival 2014” / KATE SHIN Gallery – New York, United States
  • 2014
    'Art From the Boros II' / Denise Bibro Fine Art – New York, United States
  • 2014
    ‘Re.con.nect' Call for Artists 2014 Winners’ / Korean Cultural Service NY – New York, United States
  • 2014
    ‘7th Annual Jersey City Invitational Art Exhibition - New Era’ / Jersey City Hall – New York, United States
  • 2014
    'The Winner of competition 2014 - New Generation' / Able Fine Art Seoul – Seoul, South Korea
  • 2013
    'Curate NYC Top 150' / RUSH Arts Gallery Chelsea – New York, United States
  • 2013
    'REvulsion' / New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery – New Jersey, United States
  • 2013
    'I came so far for bearty' / Riverside Gallery – New Jersey, United States
  • 2013
    'Bridging the Gap' / Flushing Town Hall – New York, United States
  • 2013
    ‘1st Call for bushwick - The Beginning of a New Era’ / Alessandro Berni Gallery NY – New York, United States
  • 2013
    ‘Korean Artists show’ / John W. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall – New Jersey, United States
  • 2012
    ‘Balance NYC’ / Jeffrey Leder Gallery – New York, United States
  • 2012
    ‘Time’ / Space Womb Gallery – New York, United States

Solo exhibitions

  • 2017
    Seunghwui Koo Solo exhibition / Studio GAAK – New York, United States
  • 2016
    Amazing Piggies / Monmouth museum – New Jersey, United States
  • 2015
    PIGPLE / Azarian McCullough Art Gallery – New York, United States
  • 2015
    Tweak of Nature / Main Line Art Center – Philadelphia, United States
  • 2013
    Narcissism / Chashama Gallery – New York, United States

Residencies

  • 2017
    Con Artist Collective - New York, United States
  • 2014
    Chashama - New York, United States
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