BIOGRAPHY

A photo of Ginok smiling and looking a the viewer in front of a green Newfoundland forest

Biography

Ginok is a painter and print maker.

Born in 1973 in Mokpo, Korea, Ginok (gin oke) grew up in the city of Pusan, South Korea. Right from childhood, she had an affinity for Fine Arts and would often lose herself in thought as she wandered through the busy streets of her neighbourhood. With her sketchbook in hand, she would draw the scenes that surrounded her, keenly observing with an artistic eye.

Because of this early interest, Ginok quickly realized that she wanted to become a professional artist. She enrolled in Dada Art School in Pusan and completed a program in drawing and painting. She then went on, in 1998, to obtain a BA in Fine Arts, majoring in painting at the Pusan National University.

In 2000, Ginok moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and currently makes her home down in Petty Harbour. She can usually be found working on her paintings in her River Rock studio, enjoying days spent creating both realistic and abstract pieces with incredible thought and attention to detail.

Ginok has recently been exploring the subject of the human figure. She reflects on themes from her own past, particularly times when she was troubled, and uses them to inspire her work. Going one step further, Ginok portrays how she imagines other people’s hidden experiences. Exploring gestures and body language, Ginok hopes to expose psychological dimension by revealing insight into dark memories and conditions of a troubled nature.

Her works are collected throughout Canada, UK and Korea.

Along with painting full-time, Ginok is also a print maker and serves on the board of the St. Michael’s Print Shop. She shares her knowledge of the Fine Arts by teaching art classes to both children and adults. Learn more about Ginok’s Teaching. Learn more about Ginok’s Teaching »

Curriculum Vitae

1973 Born in Mokpo, grew up in Pusan, South Korea 2000 Moved to Newfoundland 2006 Became Canadian Citizen

Education

2014 September - Present Master of Philosophy, Humanities, Memorial University, NL, Canada 1994 March – 1998 February Painting, Bachelor of Fine Art, Pusan National University, South Korea 1992, 1993 Completed a two year art program in Dada Art Academy, Pusan, South Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2011 July 28 - Aug. 28 Painted Dance, Leyton Gallery, St. John's, NL 2010 Mar.27- April 17 Ginok’s Drawings, Eastern Edge Rogue Gallery 2009 April 18 - May 1 Two Hearts, St. Michael’s Print Shop Gallery, St. John's

Two Person Exhibitions

2012 Sept. 8 - Sept. 30 Private Moments Revisited (Ginok Song, Bonnie Leyton), Leyton Gallery, St. John’s

Group Exhibitions

2016 July 9 - Aug. 8 Annual Summer Show, Leyton Gallery, St. John's 2015 July 10 - Aug. 2 Annual Summer Show, Leyton Gallery, St. John's 2014 Mar. 27 - April 25 Flattering Masters, Leyton Gallery, St. John's 2014 Aug. 15 - Sept. 7 Urban Landscape, Leyton Gallery, St. John's 2014 May 16 - June 17 Land and Sea : Revisited, Leyton Gallery, St. John’s 2014 April 15 - May 11 62nd Annual Provincial Arts and Letters Exhibition, The Rooms, St. John’s 2013 Nov. 15 - Dec. 24 Christmas Show, Leyton Gallery, St. John’s 2013 June 22 - July 20 Annual Summer Show, Leyton Gallery, St. John’s 2012 July 7- July 29 Annual Summer Show, Leyton Gallery, St. John’s 2011 May 28 - June 18 Member Show, St. Michael's Print Shop Gallery, St. John's 2011 April 16 - April 30 Patrick Show, Art and Cultural Centre, St. John's 2011 April 5 - April 17 Arts and Letters Exhibition, the Rooms, St. John's 2010 Nov. 13 - Dec. 30 Christmas Exhibition, Leyton Gallery, St. John's 2010 Nov. 6 - Dec. 11 A to Z, Member Exhibition, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s 2010 June 26 - Aug. 22 Annual Group Summer Show, Leyton Gallery, St. John’s 2010 April 3 - April 25 Guest of the Gallery, Leyton Gallery, St. John’s 2010 Feb. 20 - Mar. 6 Member Show, St. Michael’s Gallery, St. John’s 2009 Oct. 31 - Dec. 1 Time after time line, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s 2009 April 19 - May 3 Spring Awakenings, Bartlett Gallery, Alton, Ont. 2008 Nov. 27 - Jan. 6 Christmas Kaleidoscope, Red Ochre Gallery 2008 Sept. 26 - Oct. 13 Headwaters Arts Festival Show, Bartlett Gallery, Alton, Ont. 2008 July 11- Aug. 24 Community Exhibition, A1C Gallery, St. John’s 2008 Mar. 31 - April. 6 New Comer Artist Project, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax 2008 Mar. 20 - April 12 The Colour of Spring, Red Ochre Gallery, St. John’s 2008 Jan. 6 - Feb. 6 Heart of Napalm, Group show, RCA Gallery 2007 Nov.23 - Jan. 5/08 Kaleidoscope, Red Ochre Gallery, St. John’s 2007 Dec. 1 - Dec. 22 Annual members show, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s 2006 December Annual members show, Eastern Edge Gallery 2005 June Arts and Letters awards exhibition, the Rooms 1999 September At Glance, four person group exhibition, Sewon Gallery, Pusan, South Korea 1998 August Bul-Hee, Alumni exhibition, Pusan Art and Cultural Centre

Related Experience

2017 - 2003 Currently working and teaching art 2017 - 2007 Programming Committee, St. Michael's Printshop, NL 2017 Mural Commission for Town of Torbay, Beach Lane,Torbay, NL 2017 Arts Smarts Program, Elizabeth Park Elementary, Paradise, NL 2016 Mural Collaboration, Art club of Ms. Karen Channing, Holy Trinity High School, Torbay, NL 2016 Arts Smarts Program, Elizabeth Park Elementary, Paradise, NL 2015 Mural Commission for Torbay Harbour Authority, Tapper's Cove, NL 2014 Historic Society Art Auction for RNC Museum, Middle Cove, NL 2013 24 Art Marathon, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s 2013 Arts Smarts Program, MacDonald Drive Elementary, St. John’s 2013 Origami Monoprint Workshop, St. Michael’s Printshop, St. John’s 2010 24 Art Marathon, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s 2009 Nov. Silver Soire’e Auction (25th anniversary for Eastern Edge) Johnson GEO Centre 2009 Sept. Arts Smats Mentorship, assistant to artist Anita Singh, Beachy Cove Elementry 2009 24 Art Marathon, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s 2008 24 Art Marathon, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s 2007 Dec. Member of the board of directors at the St. Michael’s Printshop 2007 June Mural project for Petty Harbour fisherman’s centre 2007 August Participated in 24 Art Marathon, Eastern Edge Gallery 2006 June Carl Morrissey Memorial Scholarship- Art Auction Donor St. John’s Armoury 2005 Working print maker at St. Michael’s Print shop 2004 - 2001 Displayed for sale paintings of Newfoundland and Labrador in local restaurant Classic Café 2001 Started commissioning a family portraiture 1999 - 1996 Contracted Muralist for Primary Schools, Pusan, South Korea 1999 Assistant lecturer for the Presence of Korean art symposium, Pusan modern museum art, South Korea 1999 - 1997 Instructor for Bagop art studio, Pusan 1996 Muralist, for various business in and around the city of Pusan 1996, 1995 Instructor of Dada Art Academy, teaching art to high school level

Awards / Grants

2011 Project Grant, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council 2011 Provincial Arts and Letters Awards in Senior Visual Arts 2010 Art grant, City of St. John’s 2003 Art grant, City of St. John’s 1995 - 1997 Scholarship of excellence in Pusan National University, South Korea

Presentation / Media

2011 July 30 An interview with Mac Furlong, WAM, CBC Radio 1 2011 July 29 Dancing off the Palette by Joan Sullivan, Telegram, NL 2011 May Song teaches in Petty Harbour, Irish Loop Post, NL 2010 Dec. 31 Visual Arts Top 10, Telegram, NL 2010 Nov. 20 Leyton Gallery hosting final exhibition prior to Christmas,Telegram 2010 April 1 Leyton Gallery’s guests on display, Telegram, NL 2009 April 17 Song dances with colour, Telegram, NL 2008 Jan. 4 - 11 Artists gallery profile in the Independent, NL 2007 Dec. 11 Artist talk, Eastern Edge Gallery

Collections

2016 The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery 2005 Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Various private collections (US, UK, Canada, South Korea)