Gunwoo Shin’s eclectic practice is a combination of sculpture, painting, and photography. He begins by using an underlying a photograph overlayed with resin that establishes the “mis-en-scene” for the piece. Then he adds spurts of thick paint, fragments of digital images, and perhaps, most strikingly, three-dimensional glazed figural sculptures. In the words of the artist, Shin explores “the mental landscapes on the crossroad between the conscious and the unconscious.” He tries to awaken senses that have been dulled by everyday mundane routines, in order to capture the feelings and thoughts that occur in the process of living his day-to-day life.
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Gunwoo Shin now lives and works in Seoul and in London. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Seoul National University and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. He had one-person and group exhibitions at Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2009; Korean Cultural Centre, London, in 2010; La Cave, Geneva, in 2011; Boswell House, London, in 2011; Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, in 2012; Insa Art Center, Seoul, in 2013; and Shin Gallery, New York, in 2014.