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Young June Lew had been making paintings of fleshless, empty clothing-figures for over a decade and a half before she finally took the discernible step forward, with the working title: “Ordinary Saints”. Concerning her older body of works, she had explained: “mankind has a fundamental desire to migrate from one place to another. Making the move creates an event, which becomes history. This history does not disappear; we, the living, remember it and make it a part of ourselves. As we mature and gain experience in this way, we begin to foresee what will come...” Her saints embody all of her former charm, yet this obvious new element solidly exposes her new direction. Observing faces of people around her, she realizes that there is goodness and inexplicable beauty in every face, thus the title: “Ordinary Saints”.




1976   MFA California State University, Los Angeles

1973   BFA Ehwa Womens’ University, Seoul, Korea




National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Sonje Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Ewha Womens’ University, Seoul, Korea

Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Civic Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA

Woods Foundation, Lincoln, NE

McKinsey Foundation, San Francisco, CA






2012   Andrew Bae Gallery, Ordinary Saints



2010   Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, Redemption



2008   Memory Works 2006 Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago 



2004   National Museum of Contemporary Art



            Seoul Declaration



            100 Artists for Peace Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago



2002   Kwangju Biennale, Korea Andrew Bae Gallery



2000   San Francisco MOMA Rental Gallery



1998   Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA



1996   Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, CA



            D.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CA



1995   Sabina Gallery, Los Angeles



1994   Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA



1991   National Museum of Mexico, Mexico City



1989   Kunst Kabinett Gallery, West Germany



1988   National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul



1984   Korean Cultural Center, Paris



1980   Contemporary Art of East Asian-Americans, UCLA Art Gallery



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