AHN Jisan (b.1979) continuously works with traditional canvas painting, a medium relatively marginalized in contemporary art scene. His works depict reality, but a reality that is strangely misaligned or distorted. His portrayal of obscure images adds visual tension, and these subjects which have slipped out from reality projects an even greater uneasiness that brings out their innate anxiety. As the viewer confronts his work, one instantly feels a sense of discomfort. By accentuating the material properties and in turn applying thick expressive layers of paint, the emotional tension and gloominess is multiplied. In his works, we can sense the artist’s intension to purely express the subject in its raw visual state as well as bring out the absorbed emotions created and embedded within it. These improvised animalistic expressions are possible because the artist has gone through a thorough study and modeling process. The substantiality of the objects are not constructed or reconstructed but a realization of experienced, felt and penetrated emotions. Rather than describing the subject of conceptual representation, the artist’s attitude towards painting is to express reality rather than external appearance and an expression of emotional experience of the subject through intuition followed by empathy.


AHN Jisan held solo exhibitions at Arario Gallery (Korea) in 2021, Galerie Bart (The Netherlands) in 2020, Johyun Gallery (Korea) in 2018, Zaha Museum (Korea) in 2017, Hapjungjigu (Korea) in 2016, and Galerie Bart (The Netherlands) in 2015-2014. He also participated in a group exhibition at Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (Korea), MMCA (Korea) in 2020, Savina Museum (Korea) in 2019, Kunsthalle Münster (Germany) in 2018, Daegu Art Museum (Korea) in 2017, ARKO Art Center (Korea) and Gallery LUMC (The Netherlands) in 2016. He participated in a residency at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (The Netherlands) in 2013-2014, and won the Buning Brongers Prijzen (The Netherlands) in 2014.