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Anna Jung Seo

Dappled brushwork, delicate hues, and cloisonne-like textures dance across the surfaces of Anna Jung Seo's portraits, still lives and landscapes. The London-based Korean painter creates transportive images sourced from her real life interactions on the city’s streets. A contemporary flâneur, Seo is an acute observer of everyday life.

"My paintings developed out of an interest in the intimate moments of people, which unveil the different layers of human relationships. I am fascinated by the way in which emotions and vulnerability of life can be dramatised into intimate or even awkward moments. I try to convey the vulnerability of people by capturing intense moments within a small-scale. I believe that these small moments are, though ephemeral, strong enough to show the fragmented truth of life." — Anna Jung Seo

Color acts as both an emotion and a compositional form in Seo’s process. She possesses a distinct vocabulary made up of brushy strokes, color washes, and shapes that transform across the picture plane, a technique which recalls Post-Impressionists such as Pierre Bonnard and Eduard Vuillard, creating meticulous, psychologically-charged fields of color. 

Seo received her PhD in French literature from Yonsei University, Seoul (1999) and graduated in fine art programs from the Turps Studio Programme (2017) and the City & Guilds of London Art School (2011). 

In 2023, Anna Jung Seo presented Awed at Project Native Informant. She has exhibited works at Frieze Seoul and Frieze London. 

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Solo Exhibitions
2022Awed, Project Native Informant, London
Forgotten Flower, Keep in Touch, Seoul
The Comfort of Strangers, Gongjaksaebang, Seoul
2019Awkward, Keep in Touch, Seoul
2017Unfinished Street Magic, The Stone Space, London
2014Her 81 Paces, A&D Gallery, London
2013Memories Through Line and Colour, Vyner Street Gallery, London
Group Exhibitions
2024Orbital, Nova Contemporary, Bangkok
Close Corners, TURPS Gallery, London
2023Project Native Informant at Frieze London, London
Project Native Informant at Frieze Seoul, Seoul
PNI @ 10, Project Native Informant, London
2022Encounter, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
A Drawing Show, V.O Curations, London
A Play of Features, Union Gallery, London
Exhibition 1 : Small Drawings, Gongjaksaebang, Seoul
2021Needles In The Hay, The Curators Room, Amsterdam
Dialogues No.01, C4RD, London
2020Feeling for Murmuration, A.P.T Gallery, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020, Royal Academy, London
Abstract with Figure, James Fuentes, New York
To Paint the Gloom Itself, Terrace Gallery, London
2019Six Days in December, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy, London
Wolves by the Road, Assembly House, Leeds
The Other Side of the Moon, Bargehouse, London
CAPITULO I, AMAC, Lisbon
2018Materias Primas, PADA Studios, Lisbon
... The Value of Nothing, Studio 1.1 Gallery, London
Conveyor, Morgan Fine Arts, NYC
Butterfly Effect, Bargehouse, London
A Caroming, C4RD, London
FBA Futures 2018, The Mall Galleries, London
2017Turps Studio Programme 2017, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017, Royal Academy, London
2016It’s Offal, Art House 1, London
Paper Cut, Transition Gallery, London
The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
Looking Up, Studio 1.1 Gallery, London
The Smaller, The Larger, Sobering Gallerie, Paris
Bells From The Deep, Hundred Years Gallery, London

Anna Jung Seo

Silver Moon adding Kaleidoscopic colours on everything

2023
Oil on linen, framed
35.5 x 26.5 x 5.5 cm
14 x 10 3/8 x 2 1/8 in

Anna Jung Seo

Like a Virgin (Cat)

2023
Oil on canvas, framed
17.5 x 24.5 x 3.5 cm
6 7/8 x 9 5/8 x 1 3/8 in

Anna Jung Seo

Tree of Truth

2023
Oil on paper on board, framed
24 x 29 x 5.5 cm
9 1/2 x 11 3/8 x 2 1/8 in

Anna Jung Seo

Nymph of Holland Park

2023
Oil on paper on board
27.5 x 19.5 x 3.5 cm
10 7/8 x 7 5/8 x 1 3/8 in

Anna Jung Seo

Love is a shadow

2023
Oil on linen, framed
37.5 x 29.5 x 5 cm
14 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 2 in

Installation View

Anna Jung Seo
Awed, 2023
Project Native Informant, London

Anna Jung Seo

Flying Riders

2022
Oil on linen, framed
41 x 33 x 6 cm
16 1/8 x 13 x 2 3/8 in

Anna Jung Seo

Following Madame Chauchat

2022
Oil on traditional gesso primed wood panel, framed
27.5 x 22.5 x 6 cm
10 7/8 x 8 7/8 x 2 3/8 in

Anna Jung Seo

Atrocity of Sunsets

2022
Oil on paper on board, framed
28 x 20.5 x 6 cm
11 x 8 1/8 x 2 3/8 in

Installation View

Anna Jung Seo
Awed, 2023
Project Native Informant, London

Anna Jung Seo

Solveig's Song

2022
Oil on paper on board, framed
27 x 36 x 6 cm
10 5/8 x 14 1/8 x 2 3/8 in

Anna Jung Seo

For Rose

2019
Oil on canvas, framed
28.5 x 20.5 x 6 cm
11 1/4 x 8 1/8 x 2 3/8 in

Anna Jung Seo

Voice of Nothing

2022
Oil on paper on board, framed
30 x 25 x 6 cm
11 3/4 x 9 7/8 x 2 3/8 in

Group Shows

Anna Jung Seo

Frieze Seoul 2023

Frieze Seoul, Seoul

Anna Jung Seo, DIS, Clémentine Bruno, ...

Frieze LA 2023

Frieze, Los Angeles

Units 1 and 3
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