Choi’s paintings explore aspects of time and place in the context of her memories. she also allows her own personal memories to be altered by vicarious experiences such as movies, cartoons, animations, novels, stories and photos she encounters. She frequently derives her motifs from rough drawings she makes or from found images, and she is concerned with painterly gestures and the narratives she builds up while actually in the process of painting. She is interested in materialising surreal moments by making ordinary places or scenes become strange and mysterious by deliberately manipulating lights, shadows or other elements.
Minyoung Choi (b.1989, Seoul, South Korea) is a painter living and working in London. She graduated from the MFA Painting Course at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘On Water Under Snow’, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales (2017) and ‘We Go Forward/ We Come Back’, Olvera Contemporary Art Centre, Olvera, Spain (2017). She won the Next Generation Art Prize in the WAC Award (2018) and was awarded the Henry Tonks Prize with the occasion of her completion of her degree at the Slade (2017). She was a finalist of the Gilchrist-Fisher Award (2018) and shortlisted for the Chadwell Award (2017). Recent exhibitions include: 'Prologue', Offshoot Gallery, London (2019); 'The RBA, Rising Stars', The Royal Over-Seas League, London (2019); ‘Paint: The Seen, The Unseen and The Imagined’, Messums Wiltshire, Wiltshire (2019); ‘Dream of You’, Love Unlimited, Glasgow, Scotland (2018); ‘Young London Painters’, Arthill Gallery, London (2018); and ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’, TAF The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece (2018).