Los Angeles based artist Soey Milk paints confident young women in boldly colored clothing inspired by the imagery of her Korean heritage. Featured here on our blog, her slightly amorous oil portraits are imbued with mystery and personal discovery. On October 1st at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, Milk explores her intimate world with a new series of paintings and drawings. In the tradition of previous exhibits, the series is titled in her native Korean “Pida (피다)”, which translates to blossoming or becoming something else.
Artists Soey Milk and Joey Remmers were on hand to celebrate their side by side openings at CHG Circa on Saturday. Newly graduated from Pasadena Art Center, Soey Milk was in especially high spirits- her paintings are the culmination of an “unhurried journey” to becoming a fulltime artist. Her solo exhibition “Sinavro” (previewed here) embodies focus and uncertainty that any budding artist might experience. Milk’s brush tells us her story, as rocky as her impressionistic strokes which meet points of detail. Her women appear strong and confident in their boldy colored robes, decorated with traditional Korean motifs. Underneath, hints of nudity add an element of carefreeness and mystery that tempt the viewer.
Soey Milk has seen a lot of creative and personal growth in the past year- she tackles life with the same focus as her precisely detailed, figurative paintings. When we last caught up with her, she was still a student at Pasadena Art Center and experimenting with a new style that incorporates colorful drapery. Recently graduated, her upcoming show at CHG Circa on December 13th showcases the result of her progress. Appropriately, the exhibition title “SINAVRO” loosely translates from Korean to “To progress slowly, almost imperceptibly.” Her identity as a young woman living between two cultures, Korean and American, is represented in her intermixing styles.
Though she is still a student, Soey Milk’s name has been on the lips of many in the art world as the young artist’s work continues to appear in galleries and art fairs — from the recent exhibition, “Supersonic Electronic Invitational,” at Spoke Art to Corey Helford Gallery’s booth at Scope Miami Beach during the most recent Miami Basel Week. This early foray into the gallery world hasn’t stopped Milk from experimenting with her style. When Hi-Fructose visited the artist in her quiet Hollywood studio last weekend, she discussed her new interest in textiles from all over the world — a fascination that has made its way into the colorful, abstract drapery in her latest paintings. Read more after the jump.
Soey Milk uses her penchant for realism to paint mysterious, seductive female figures, combining portraiture with an illustrative style. Enveloped in lush fabrics and reposing in soft surroundings, these life-like characters languish in fictional two-dimensional worlds. Milk will be showing her work in the second annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational at Spoke Art, curated by Hi-Fructose contributor Zach Tutor. Take a look at some of her paintings after the jump.
With a stunningly emotive precision, artist Soey Milkcreates portraits of lone women, often engaging with simple objects such as anapple, red string and a bleached skull that appear symbolically charged withinthe composition. These inclusions add to a deeper understanding of the womandepicted, often lending the portraits with a romantic context. Laced with asubtle darkness or oddity, the works appear as captured moments in a largernarrative. View more images of the work after the jump.