Jisan Ahn
Born Pusan (KR), 1979
Nationality KR

Image 1 / 4   'Feet', 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm


Five years ago, when he moved to the Netherlands, Jisan Ahn’s paintings dealt almost exclusively with violence. In pictures of students being disciplined, criminals, victims and a painter forced to look at a canvas, Ahn dealt with Korean society and history. As his painterly capabilities grew his style changed from slightly surrealistic with a touch of primitivism to realistic. His palette darkened, infusing his work with a sense of anxiety.
Of late, picture frames have started appearing in Ahn’s paintings. Only sometimes do they contain a recognizable image (then often by a famous role model) however most are dark or empty. Ahn has now started to paint the pictures that belong inside these frames. The title of the large triptych, Hunting the Rabbit, invokes the spirit of Joseph Beuys, who – in a 1965 performance – explained pictures to a dead hare. In a self-reflexive turn Ahn poses a fundamental question: are we looking at a rabbit, an object or a painting? And would we rather be talking to a rabbit than about it?



Frank Mohr International Masters, MFA Painting, NL
Korea National University of Arts, BFA Fine Art, KR

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

Fellowships and stipends
Arts Council Korea, KR
Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam, NL

Buning Brongers Prijzen 2014, Amsterdam, NL

Solo Exhibition
'White Night', Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL

Selected Group Exhibitions
'The Beauty of The Difference', Museum Henriette Polak, Zutphen, NL
'Buning Brongersprijzen 2014', Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
'Nieuw, Nieuwer, Nieuwst- Schilders in beeld, Galerie LUMC, Leiden, NL 
'We Like Art' Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Rijksakademie OPEN 2013, Rijkakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
'New Location', Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL
Preview Berlin, Galerie Bart, Berlin, DE
'Into the Labyrinth', Garage, Rotterdam, NL
'In Vetrina #2', Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague, NL
RAW fair, Galerie Bart, Rotterdam, NL
'How Art Things?', Nest, The Hague, NL
'Preview Berlin', Galerie Bart, Berlin, DE
'In Vetrina' Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague, NL
KunstRAI with Galerie Bart, RAI Amsterdam, NL
5th Anniversary group exhibition, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL
‘Nieuwe Oogst 2011’. Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL
‘Nieuwe Oogst 2011’. Bart Kunst in Huis, Nijmegen, NL
‘The Importance of Being Frank’. Munnikeholm 1, Groningen, NL
‘Too young to fall asleep, too cynical to speak’. Frank Mohr International Masters, Groningen, NL
‘FMI Masters presents’. Departement voor Filosofie en Kunst, Assen, NL
‘Alternative Modernity?’. MFA Masters, Groningen, NL
Wallhouse #2, Groningen, NL