The June show is now up and running with Paintings and Mixed Media by Joo Hwan Noh.
Born in Korea in 1961, Mr. Noh studied fine arts there before immigrating to the United States in 2003. He has been active in the Korean art scene in both countries. In 2010 he became the first president of the Orange County Korean-American Artists Association. He has exhibited in many group shows, and this is his first solo exhibition at the Whittier Art Gallery.
Setting as his theme, “Know Heaven’s Will,” Joo Hwan says, “Gong ja, one of the three saints, said when a person becomes 50 years old he will begin to see the way of heaven. As I had become 50, I began to understand the essence of the universe, life, and art.”
“Art allows me to imagine and to come up with many ideas. It also plays a role of providing and maintaining warmth in my body temperature, a vital mechanism of life.”
Joo Hwan’s canvasses are thick with texture and layers of deep and vibrant colors. His subjects seem to be taken from dreams or nightmares, mixed with a reverence for nature and allusions to mythology and to socio-political commentary. His mixed media works combine the same intensity of painting with found objects.
The exhibit is documented with a 32-page full color catalog, available for purchase, in which Mr. Noh expresses in English and Korean his thoughts and feelings concerning his work. The catalog includes congratulatory remarks from the honorable Sukhee Kang, Mayor of the City of Irvine, Mr. Jay Juen, art collector, and Ms. Jessica Jang, Exhibition Director.
Mr. Noh’s work may be viewed on his web site, www.njongallery.com.