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EUN NIM RO

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Feb ruary 16\, 2012 – March 16\, 2013

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AndrewShire Galler y

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(Los Angeles\, California) December  26\, 2012 – Andrew Shire Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibit of Eun Nim Ro opening February 16th\, 2013.  Known as one of Korea’s le ading contemporary artists\, Ro’s work is highly reflective of her complex international background.  Her paintings cultivate qualities that embody th e German Neue Wilde rediscovery of Fauvism and Expressionism\, as well as t he folk traditions of her native Korean heritage. 

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Born i n Chonju\, Korea\, Ro moved to West Germany as a young artist immediately a fter the Second World War\, to study and ultimately to live and work in Ham burg.  Trained both in nursing as well as the arts\, Ro’s work reflects a d eep appreciation of “Art Brut” - the art of children and the institutionali zed. 

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Ro’s exhibition at AndrewShire leans towards a more abstract pictoriality.  In his essay for the exhibition catalogue writer P eter Frank states\, “Ro’s work brims with a primal\, irresistible almost fr ightening joy and directness.  But its formal qualities betray her highly d iscerning eye and deliberate hand.”

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Ro’s images are deriv ed from her imagination rather than reality.  Such images are described by Frank as “fanciful spaces filled with indescribable or highly stylized\, ye t vital beings. Some of these creatures convey forceful simplicity\, like t raditional calligraphic markings\, absent of color and given a contemporary edge. Others teem and engulf the picture plane with their proliferation\, not to mention their luscious palette.” Such qualities of her work reflect the same childlike characteristics evident in the work of Paul Klee\, Picas so and post-surrealist gestural painting\, classifying her not as neo-expre ssionist but as neo-CoBrA.

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The cultivation of eastern qua lities in Ro’s art is highly respected in her native Korea.  Her work often reveals the deep rooted eastern calligraphic tradition of her homeland\, a nd in this tradition\, Ro often uses poetry to clarify the spirit and impul se driving her art. 

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In is a spirit of play\, Frank write s\, Ro exhibits an impulse to mischief that manifests most clearly and emph atically in her effervescent apparitions and evocative objects. Her art doe sn’t simply ask us\, but prompts us\, to lighten our grasp on life – and th ereby to relish it that much more.

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AndrewShire Gallery\, is dedicated to the development and exhibition of innovative\, contemporary art works by international and local talents.  In addition to the Los Ange les location\, the gallery established an alternative space in Singapore in 2006.  AndrewShire continues to push the international envelope while rema ining an integral part of the local community.  The gallery is located at 3 850 Wilshire Boulevard #107\, Los Angeles\, CA  90010.  AndrewShire Gallery \, Singapore\, is located at 63 Hillview Avenue #10-13\, Lamb soon Building \, Singapore\, 669569.

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For further information conta ct Susan Baik\, Director

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baik@andrewshiregallery.com

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213 389-2601  www.andrewshiregallery.com

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For press inquiries contact Christine Anderson\, Communication Arts + Design ca@communicationartsinc.com (310) 869-8957  www.communicationartsinc.co m

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