Sally J. Han
(b.1993) in Shenyang, China
Lives and works in New York City
Sally J. Han’s acrylic paintings on paper, mounted on panel, are both a confession and a secret. The answer to what they might reveal or conceal through the figurative rests in a space between the surreal and the earthly. The intimaticy of solitary moments like gazing at the sky or daydreaming, sleeping and resting, eating, bathing, fighting or playing are familiar rituals, but what lies beyond the confines of these scenes? The less familiar backgrounds, landscapes, objects, and architecture that she incorporates in her narratives hint at the cultural. But in the end, Han wishes to wash away those cultural differences and focus on the poetic. Jingmei "Sally" Han was born in China and raised in South Korea, she then moved to New York, received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts with a Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship, and received her MFA with an emphasis on drawing at the New York Academy of Art. She has participated in selected group shows at Flowers Gallery, Sotheby's, YUI Gallery NYC, Site Brooklyn and more. Her first solo exhibition in NYC was at Fortnight Institute in January, 2020.
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
2020: Foreplay at Fortnight Institute, NYC
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIOns
2021: Forthcoming: group exhibition, the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
2021: The Loney Ones, curated by Kateylyn Eichwald, Fortnight Institute, NY
2021: Hunters in the Snow, curated by Fortnight Institute, 303 Gallery, NY
2019: Spaced Out , Two person exxhibition 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: Paddle8 Storefront Exhibition, Paddle8, Online Exhibition, curated by Lolita Crocs
2019: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Wilkinson Gallery, NYC
2019: Tribeca Ball 2019, New York Academy of Art, NYC
2018: New York Academy Annual Summer Exhibition, Flowers Gallery, NYC, curated by Brent Beamon, Nicole Berry Matthew Flowers, Alice Gray Stites, Ambre Kelly and Richard Vine
2018: Fun House 2018, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, curated by Danijela Purssey and Istvan Banyai
PRIZES, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2019: Gamblin Paint Award
2019: Patricia & Scott Moger Research Grant
2019: Nomination to the Chubb Fellowship Award
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...