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      Soo Hyun Namkoong (b. 1999, Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea) is a contemporary South Korean artist. She works in a range of mediums, including painting, drawing, installation, and motion graphic design that visualize the exploration of her internal feelings.

    She grew up in a multicultural society, which she was born in South Korea, lived in Shenyang, China, and is currently located in the United States, being educated by artists from diverse nationalities. Soo Hyun received academic training at Savannah College of Art and Design, earning a bachelor’s degree in painting and minoring in motion media design with honors scholarships.

    Soo Hyun has worked in a diverse field as a freelance artist. She started her career in 2016 when she was commissioned for a commercial illustration on public buses in South Korea. She collaborated on digital illustration for the opening sequence for “Uncanny Counter”, OCN drama series on Netflix, and the movie "Confession". She has also animated a music video for Jimothy Lacoste on a song called “Getting Acid.” Moreover, Soo Hyun has been selected for several art exhibitions held in SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design): KSA (Korean Student Association) Exhibition, Foundation Honors Show, Sketch X: Sketchbook Exhibition, Drawing Works, Open Studio, and Spring Forward Exhibition. Her first official public exhibition was held in South Korea at Yesong Art Gallery in 2019 with a group of artists. In 2022, She held her first duo show at Cedar House Gallery in Savannah, Georgia. Furthermore, Soo Hyun’s illustrations and paintings can be seen in published magazines: Port City Review 2020-2022, Square 95 Magazine, and Dwil online magazine.

    In 2023, she was nominated as the artist in residence at the School of Visual Arts and Clio Art Fair in New York. 

Artist Statement

          Art serves as a means by which I gain insights into my own identity and confront my shortcomings. I like to delve into my emotions, seeking the underlying psychological factors behind my feelings. As an introspective person, creating artwork helps me to better understand myself. This inner journey inspires me to transform my emotions into visual expression, documenting them through artistic forms. Beyond exploring my own existence, I examine the varied human relationships I have encountered.


          One recurring symbol I use in my work is the blanket. It is a symbol of my exploration in the fluctuations of my feelings and represents the act of processing my emotions. The shape of the blanket is free and varied like the idea of unknown emotions. It can give endless interpretations, conveying both sense of warmth and comfort, as well as feelings of suffocation and instability. I continue to analyze the overarching theme of emotional exploration, constantly discovering new ways of doing so.


          The two main applications applied in my paintings are “what I feel,” which takes the form of abstract techniques, and “what I see,” rendered in realism. Although these themes are mainly painted in acrylic paint, I also explore these themes through collage, color pencils, digital drawings, and motion graphics. In the future, I aspire to further diversify my use of media and converge them into expansive projects.

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