London Paint Club

Bae Yoon Hwan

b. 1983, Korea. Lives and works in Seoul, Korea

Bae Yoon Hwan’s pictorial storytelling stems from political incidents, stories, fables and his personal experiences. By selectively employing images from a constant outpouring of media images or some art-historical pictures considered as classics, Bae juxtaposes and contrasts abundant tales in order to transform them into ceaseless narratives visualized in a variety of scales of forms. Thus, his practice consists of abrupt utterances of fragmental and anecdotal stories instead of following a coherent storyline; it is a manifestation of his original figurative ‘Automatism’. In terms of the technique, the new works are significant as Bae attempts to apply a new painting technique developed from the prior modes which experimented with graffiti-styles with his original rhythmical strokes. The new multiple-sized paintings whose solemn touch reminds us of Realism works of art depict close-up scenes of which animals such as a lion or a deer consume other creatures. Sensitively responding to the surrounding light, the glossy surface of the paintings increases the depth of light and shade.

Bae Yoon Hwan

Solo Exhibitions (Selected)

  • 2020 – Lobster Quadrille, Chapter II Yard, Seoul
  • 2019 – Silent Paintings, Gallery Purple, Namyangju
  • 2019 – Record of Destruction, Chapter II, Seoul 
  • 2018 – At The Old Ball Game, Doosan Gallery, New York
  • 2018 – Self-Portrait, Film Sector, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2017 – Breathing Island, Gallery Baton, Seoul
  • 2017 – Habitat, DOOSAN Gallery, Seoul
  • 2015 – Like A Snake Like A Wild Dog, Space O’newall, Seoul
  • 2014 – The Man Hunting For The Point To Smear Gasoline, Space Mom, Cheongju
  • 2014 – Was It a Cat I Saw?, Insa Art Space, Seoul

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

  • 2021 – [forthcoming] Geumcheon Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul
  • 2020 – Interlaced, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul
  • 2020 – Support Sarubia, Project Space Sarubia, Seoul
  • 2019 – Cygnus Loop, Gallery Baton, Seoul
  • 2019 – Elephant, Shadow, Wind, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan
  • 2019 – Support Sarubia 2019, Project Space Sarubia, Seoul
  • 2019 – Vibrancy and Life, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju
  • 2018 – La Forêt Du Nord (The Northern Forest), Bae Yoon Hwan/Park Gwang Soo, Galerie RX, Paris
  • 2018 – Digital Promenade, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
  • 2017 – Dual Narrative, Chapter Ⅱ, Seoul

Awards & Residencies

  • 2014 – Finalist, 36th JoongAng Art Competition, JoongAng Ilbo, Seoul
  • 2021 – MMCA Goyang Residency, Gyeonggi
  • 2018 – Doosan Gallery Residency, New York
  • 2016 – Chapter II Residency, Seoul
  • 2016 – SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul
  • 2015 – Jangheung Atelier, Gana Art, Yangju
  • 2011 – Col Art Studio, Beijing
  • 2008 – Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju


  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
  • Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea 
  • Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul, Korea
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Busan, Korea
  • Cheongju Museum of Art, Cheongju, Korea
  • Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
  • Seongnam Cube Art Museum, Seongnam Arts Center, Seongnam, Korea
  • Doosan Yonkang Foundation, Seoul, Korea
  • KCPMED, Seoul, Korea
  • Chapter II, Seoul, Korea
  • SIMONE, Seoul, Korea


  • 2011 – MFA, Kyungwon University, Seongnam, Korea
  • 2008 – BFA, Seowon University, Cheongju, Korea

Works by Bae Yoon Hwan

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