Sally J. Han
(b.1993) in Shenyang, China
Lives and works in New York City
There is a sly politics to Sally J. Han’s paintings. As 'A Painter of Modern Life', she seduces the eye and the mind with her pictorial narratives…careful to embed details that hint at her identity as a Korean and Chinese American. Twentieth century American art has not always told stories that reflect Asian American realities. Han’s work beguiles us with quiet yet powerful scenes of her lived experience. A game of Mahjong while savoring a cigarette. A studious girl pouring over her homework. A piano lesson. Smartphones are the only clue that these scenes are unfolding in the present tense. Her techniques hark back to the century’s old alchemy of painterly expression, while creating scenes of everyday life that are simultaneously very contemporary and yet utterly timeless. - Alison Gingeras
Jingmei "Sally" Han was born in China and raised in South Korea, she then moved to New York where she received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2016) with a Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship. In 2019 she received an MFA with an emphasis on drawing at the New York Academy of Art. Her first solo exhibition in New York was at Fortnight Institute in January 2020; in September 2021, she had a solo presentation with Fortnight Institute at the Independent Art Fair. She has participated in selected group exhibitions at the FLAG Art Foundation, 303 Gallery, and Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, NY. Upcoming exhibitions for 2022 include Wonder Women at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles, Pictus Porrectus: Reconsidering the Full-Length Portrait, curated by Alison M. Gingeras and Dodie Kazanjian, Art & Newport Foundation, Newport, Rhode Island, Taxonomies of Imagination curated by Andrew Sendor at Make Room, Los Angeles, and The Power to Dream at Hussenot Gallery in Paris.
2019: Master of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2016: Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2022: Forthcoming: Lost and Found, Fortnight Institute, NYC (October)
2021: Solo Presentation at Independent Art Fair, NYC
2020: Foreplay at Fortnight Institute, NYC
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIOns
2022: Forthcoming: The Power to Dream, Hussenot Gallery, Paris (November)
2022: Forthcoming: Dark Light, Realism in the Age of Post truth, Aishti Foundation, Lebanon (October)
2022: Wonder Women, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles
2022:Taxonomies of Imagination, Curated by Andrew Sendor, Make Room, LA
2022: Pictus Porrectus: Reconsidering the Full Length Portrait, curated by Alison M. Gingeras and Dodie Kazanjian, Art & Newport Foundation, Newport, Rhode Island
2022: Wonder Women, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, NYC
2021: Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2021: and I will wear you in my heart of heart, the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
2021: The Lonely Ones, curated by Katelyn Eichwald, Fortnight Institute, NY
2021: Hunters in the Snow, curated by Fortnight Institute, 303 Gallery, NY
2019: Spaced Out , Two-person exhibition with Henry Chang, YUI Gallery, curated by Qiaoyi Shi, NYC
2019: Take Home A Nude 2019, Sotheby's, Manhattan, New York
2019: New York Academy of Art Alumni: Summer Exhibition Online Exhibition, curated by Mariano Cinat, Organized by SHIM Art Network
2019: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Wilkinson Gallery, NY, NY
2019: Tribeca Ball 2019, New York Academy of Art, NY, NY
2018: New York Academy Annual Summer Exhibition, curated by Brent Beamon, Nicole Berry Matthew Flowers, Alice Gray Stites, Ambre Kelly and Richard Vine, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY
2018: Fun House, curated by Danijela Purssey and Istvan Banyai, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
PRIZES, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2019: Gamblin Paint Award
2019: Patricia & Scott Moger Research Grant
2019: Nomination to the Chubb Fellowship Award
Sally J. Han NYT | In Newport, Artists Turn Tables on the Gilded AgeMeredith Mendelsohn, New York Times, July 6, 2022
THIS SUMMER, NEW YORK ART IS MAGIC, MYSTIC AND UNCANNYAnnie Armstrong, Cultured, August 12, 2021
Nine LivesJohanna Fateman, The New Yorker, August 9, 2021
Sally J. Han, Hummingbirds can fly backwards. Can you?Joshen Mantai, FLAUNT, April 14, 2021
Sally J. Han Steeps Her Work in Culture for AllEmma Grayson, June 26, 2020
Sally J. Han: ForeplayEverett Narciso, The Brooklyn Rail, February 23, 2020
Sally J. HanLost and Found 13 Oct - 13 Nov 2022A lipstick-stained napkin, a copy of K ō b ō Abe’s 1964 novel The Face of Another , a grocery list, tootsie rolls, and a delicately salt-rimmed margarita—these seemingly disparate...
Nine Lives22 Jul - 21 Aug 2021Nine Lives is a group exhibition that looks to examine the perennial motif of cats within art. Across generations and cultures, felines have been used as a vehicle for symbolism,...
The Lonely OnesCurated by Katelyn Eichwald 15 Feb - 30 Mar 2021The lonely ones, the broken-hearted, the estranged, the ones whose mothers loved them wrong, the ones whose fathers loved them weak, the ones whose sisters and brothers died young, whose...
Hunters in the SnowCurated by Fortnight Institute at 303 Gallery, NYC 6 Feb - 7 Mar 2021Pieter Bruegel’s Series of the Month depicts January as a solemn time, one in which the struggle for survival is most acute. The month is captured in his painting, Hunters...
SALLY J. HANForeplay 30 Jan - 28 Feb 2020Sally J. Han's acrylic paintings on paper, mounted on panel, are confessions but also secrets. The answer to what they might reveal or conceal rests in a space between the...