Artist HeeJune Shin

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The Artist Says:

“I am thrilled to be able to paint! All my life I dreamt about being a painter."
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, HeeJune  Shin came to the United State in 1978. Prior to pursuing the study of painting as a career, she obtained an MPH in nutrition, worked as a nutritionist and raised three children. She has been painting since 1998 and received the McKnight Established Artist Grant in 2012 as a colorist.
“I am fascinated by light and its effect on colors at a given moment. It is never the same: light in different weather, seasons, times of the day. Each moment is its unique set of colors: it is uniquely a new song. My motivation to be a better painter is to be able to reflect this ever-changing beauty properly and to communicate that to others effectively.”
"I relish freshness and intimacy of stroke that a palette knife brings. The variety of stokes from my palette knife speaks for the tactile sensitivity I acquired from the many years of study in Chinese calligraphy in Korea."

Collectors Say:

HeeJune's painting is lively yet very peaceful.
Her painting makes me smile.

Other Artists Say:

HeeJune reminds me of myself when I met Henry Hensche. No one had to convince me that I wanted to learn this way of painting. HeeJune has made the commitment and has not wavered or become sidetracked. Her paintings reflect all the hard work she has done. It is a joy for me when I get students wither level of commitment.-------------- Camille Przewodek in her book 'Mondays with Camille'


Artist Statement
I am thrilled to be able to paint. Although my formal training is in public health nutrition, all my life I dreamt about being a painter. When the opportunity to enroll at an art school came in 1998, I took it with commitment and gratitude.  Whether I am painting a still life or a landscape, the true focus of my painting is the light. My work as an artist is primarily concerned with two questions. How can I paint the colors created by light with the limitations inherent to pigments? How can I render the light and the air so that it looks three-dimensional on a two-dimensional canvas?
Since Monet’s Haystacks series, artists have been wrestling with many nuances of the ephemeral quality of the light. I consider myself a colorist in the tradition of Monet-Hawthorne-Hensche-Przewodek.  Colorists attempt to create an illusion of reality in colors emphasizing the light key in which they are seen.  Under the particular light key, each moment is a uniquely a new song. I can't use yesterday's color. This visual realism is different from mechanical realism. I have sought visual growth through many years of painting plein air, striving for finer color quality and truer interpretation.
The foundation of my painting is a composition of abstract shapes of color. Large masses of light and dark divide the picture plane. Each shape has a color that relates significantly to each other shape of color. I gradually refine the colors into smaller divisions keeping the integrity of the large masses. Through these thoughtful processes, form and depth are realized. It is a thrill when a painting emerges from these shapes of colors: a strikingly beautiful illusion of light! I also relish the intimacy and immediacy of strokes that a palette knife brings to a canvas. Through much practice, I [...]

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