Artist Bio – Eunah Cho
Eunah Cho is a Korean Canadian contemporary visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. Art is the mainstay of her life and is her medium of choice for meaningful expression. Her artworks are not an outward representation of a thing, but a representation of the ‘stream of consciousness through image’. The most cardinal point of which she pursues in her paintings is the inseparable relation between content and form. Her focus as an artist is on abstract painting and her artworks can be distinguished into five main series: “Abyss”, “Dawn”, “Dreaming Box”, “Meditation”, and “Timeless”. Combining acrylic, colored pigment, Hanji paper, and other mediums, her work explores the expressive possibilities of mixed media.
After receiving her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Cho has enjoyed an illustrious career as a professional artist, university lecturer, and private teacher for over 40 years. Her work has been presented throughout 15 solo exhibitions, over 300 selected group exhibitions, and 26 International art fairs across more than 20 cities worldwide, including Seoul, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Zurich.
Statement - ‘Dawn’ Series
Eunah Cho’s artwork is not an outward representation of a thing, but a representation of ‘the stream of consciousness through image’. The most cardinal point she pursues in her paintings is the inseparable relation between content and form.
Cho states: “The pandemic was an opportunity to think about the present and the future. I believe that the passing of this situation will bring a new beginning for us all, something I wanted to express in my art. Like new dawn that breaks the dark, my new series is called ‘Dawn’ to capture the hope of better days to come.”
By combining acrylic, colored pigment, and other mediums, Cho’s work explores the expressive possibilities of mixed media. The most significant element in her abstract mode, as a way of representing pure behavior, is the repetition of action. Based on this principle, her canvases are filled with various lines, strong contrast of colors, and diverse variants of forms developed on a regular and irregular repetition of action. In addition, the color black for Cho is not black itself but a canvas for light. At dawn, the light becomes bright only as it rests upon the darkness. Each becomes essential to the other, without one there is no meaning. In this way, the meaning of new birth and the balance of life and death illuminates the entity of black.