Chunwoo Nam (1965-)
Individual Memory, 2005
Lithograph on Pescia Cream artists’ paper, 29 x 56 cm.
Gift of the Print Club of Rochester
Artist and educator Chunwoo Nam was born in Seoul, Korea and holds a B.F.A. degree from the University of Hong-Ik, Korea; studied fine art lithography at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and received his M.F.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His work is exhibited internationally and he has taught at the Herron School of Art in Indiana. His work can be found in the following collections: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, R.O.C; Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, Ohio; the Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia, and more. His Individual Story series, which demonstrate his mastery of many techniques in printmaking and drawing materials, portray the challenges he has met being an Asian artist in America, as well as the assimilation of his family and ongoing issues that affect new generations. Later work, including performance art, video and sculpture, address political and economic issues associated with globalization.
Master printer Chunwoo Nam printed the lithographs drawn by Harvey Breverman in the portfolio Drawn from Life, 2005, that was donated to BPAC in 2012. Nam was assisted by John Shera, John Lee and Seung ho Shin in editions at the University at Buffalo’s Experimental Print Imaging Center (ePIC), which served as the portfolio’s publisher.
Nam’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the International Print Exhibition In Tokyo and the 14th Tallinn Print Triennialin Estonia in 2007. He has received many awards for his prints, including recognition in Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, Estonia, Hawaii, and across the continental United States, including a 2005 Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His prints are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Ueno, Japan; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia; Museum of Tama University, Japan; Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, Athens; UB Anderson Gallery, Buffalo; Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri; Rochester Print Club, Rochester, NY; Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York; Guanlan Print Studio, Guanlan, Shezhen, China; and The Space, Seoul, Korea.
Nam’s triptych print is a study of identity. The left panel is a representation the artist’s shadow; the central panel represents the isolation felt by the artist in the communities he inhabits and the final panel is an indistinct self-portrait.