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September 17, 2005 to January 8, 2005

Jung Wha Ahn: The Search for Inner Peace

Satellite Gallery
Rittenhouse Hotel
210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Third Floor

The paintings of Jung Wha Ahn have a sincere formalistic quality often overlooked in contemporary painting. Composition, color relationships and form are carefully balanced to create a natural rhythmic blend that seems to hover on the surface on the canvas. Yet, this formal concern for the qualities of painting itself actually reflects a deeper more poetic relationship between the artist and her surroundings.

Ahn draws her inspiration from small objects found in nature and in the studio that surrounds her work. Ahn states “I try to listen to Nature’s communication; a tree communicating to its fellow tree next to it, a city building to one next to it…I keep searching to find my personal internalized alphabets.” At the Philadelphia Art Alliance Satellite Gallery, Ahn will be exhibiting several large-scale oil on canvas works as well as several smaller oil on board paintings.

Ahn received her BFA at the University of Minnesota and her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Recent exhibitions include: Chicago 2000, Chicago, IL (2000); Six Degrees in Cold Storage, College Art Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia (2002); From the Studio” Selections from the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia (2004); Spirit and Transformation, Caladan Gallery, MA (2004); Artist-In-Residence Exhibition, Agora Gallery, New York, NY (2005); and Art Now 2005 International Competition (2005). In addition, Ahn has worked for many years as an art teacher and teaching assistant at both the university and elementary school levels.