Two out of four of our emerging artists, whose exhibition opens at the gallery this Friday share a similar background: Both are oil painters, both were born in South Korea and now reside in San Francisco. We asked Sung Eun Kim and Jin Hee Lee why they moved to the states and what about the Bay Area inspires them.
SEK: I have always dreamed of living in San Francisco. I first learned about the city from watching the movie “The Rock” when I was very little. I immediately fell in love with the unique landscape – city, hills, ocean views, etc. I was fortunate to be able to get a green card through my family and decided to look at schools in the United States. The moment I saw that there was an art school in San Francisco, I knew I had to apply. San Francisco provides me with endless inspiration for painting; I’ve lived here for 10 years now and never tire of its diverse beauty.
JHL: I was born and raised in Seoul, where I felt stifled under conservatism and the regulations on society. I felt pressure to be competitive and hated the strict rules that governed my life. Korean society is very closed, while American culture promotes opportunity and openness. That’s why I decided to move to the U.S. Now I live in San Francisco where the weather is always gentle and people are open to new ideas.
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