Suejin Jo likes to explore the geometric forms that occur in nature, such as triangles, grids, rectangles (indented and protruding), and circles. Duality is innate in Jo's life and work, as an immigrant who chose to live at the opposite end of the world. Jo's window-exhibit, Light, Water and Duality, presents a selection of her paintings related to these themes. One piece included in the show, Be Strong 2017, was inspired by the election of Trump. Profound unrest stirred Jo's heart, and she produced a red painting, which was unusual for her. Another piece, Night and Day, came 11 months later, finished on the winter solstice. Says Jo, "We have endured, and each day [the] light is getting longer."
Suejin Jo, a Korean-born abstract painter based in New York, studied at Columbia University and the Art Students League. She won a McDowell fellowship juried by Richard Pousette D'art and Romare Bearden, which enabled her to stay in Paris and travel through Europe for a year. Over the years, Jo has painted with a unique medium of oil and dry pigment using the process of "inlay" like Korean potters of the eleventh century. Jo’s work was cited in the New York Times twice in reviews of Parrish Art Museum shows. Helen Harrison of The NYTimes described Jo's painting as having "the character of an ancient wall painting." Deeply interested in the picture surface, Jo continues to explore resistance between oil and acrylic paint, wet on wet, to create interesting textures on the canvas.
Jo has had many solo and group shows in New York City and abroad, including a solo exhibition at the Broome Street Gallery as a result of winning the 2008 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Solo Exhibition Award sponsored by the NY Artists Equity Association and juried by DC Moore Gallery. Jo has also had solo shows at venues including the Painting Center, ExpoTempo Gallery in Belgium, Reverol Contemporary Art, Carter Burden Gallery, Asyl Gallery, Gallery 456, Elaine Benson Gallery, Ami Gallery, MANIF 2008, and Queens Theatre in the Park. Jo's work is in many private and public collections including Art in General, the Library of Congress, the WTC Memorial Museum, NAPABA Law Foundation, Chase Manhattan Bank, General Instrument Company, the Embassy of San Marino, Sogang University, The Ahl Foundation, and Korea Exchange Bank. Jo's paintings were exhibited by the U.S. Embassies in East Timor and Mexico City. The State Department chose Jo's painting Pontchartrain to be included in its 2012 Desk Calendar titled “Homage to American Women Artists.”
For more information about Suejin's work, please visit her website at http://www.suejinjo.com/ or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.