Suejin Jo: The Rite of Spring

Exhibition Dates: May 24, 2016 - June 18, 2016

Reception: Thursday, May 26, 6 - 8 pm

Thomas Berding, Lost in Conversion, 2016, oil, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 69” x 62”.jpg
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The Painting Center is excited to feature Suejin Jo in her solo exhibition The Rite of Spring. Suejin Jo’s paintings are often inspired by poetry, music and memories of childhood landscapes. When she found out about the upcoming show three months ago she wanted to make all new works for it and sought inspiration in Igor Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral music, The Rite of Spring. She feels that, even though over a hundred years have passed since its first performance, that Stravinsky composition stays as fresh and awesome as the return of the Spring itself every year. Her first work “Adoration of the Earth” was followed by “The Sacrifice” and then by “Dances of the young girls” and “Dance of the Earth”. She hopes to complete two more ongoing paintings before the show opens.

Suejin Jo, a Korean born abstract painter based in New York, studied at Columbia University and the Art Students League where she won McDowell traveling fellowship juried by Richard Pousette D’Art and Romare Bearden. Jo had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, Korea, Mexico, Italy and Japan and participated in several art fairs including Scope, Pool, Architecture and Design and AAF. Her last solo show was in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, in 2014. Jo won Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Solo Exhibition Award 2008 juried by DC Moore Gallery. Her work “Pontchartrain” was included in the 2012 State Department calendar, “Homage to American Women Artists.” Jo’s work is in many private and public collections including Library of Congress, Chase Manhattan Bank, General Instrument Company, Embassy of San Marino, NAPABA Law Foundation, Sogang Univerisity, Ahl Foundation, 9/11 Memorial Museum, Art in General, Korea Exchange Bank, Hyundai Construction Co., Pulmuwon Food Corp. For more information on the artist, please visit