BERLIN—A recent exhibit of works by Korean-born painter SEO, 27, at Thomas von Lintel Gallery, Manhattan, from Nov. 18-Dec. 23, was sold out on opening night. Prices for SEO’s works range from $7,500/16,500, depending upon size. Her smaller works on paper are selling for approximately $2,000.
SEO has been an immediate success since her first show at Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin, in 2002, where she formed part of the “Klasse [Georg] Baselitz” presentation. In 2003 she had her first solo show at Michael Schultz Gallery. She also has been shown in group exhibitions at a number of museums, including the Kolbe-Museum, Berlin; the Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Malaga, Spain; the Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany; and the Berlin Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
Her work has not appeared at auction to date, and there is a long list of collectors waiting for an opportunity to buy one of her paintings, says Michael Schultz. Collectors who own SEO’s works are not willing to part with them, Schultz adds.
The artist, who studied under Baselitz at Berlin’s University of the Arts and received her Meisterschueler degree (the highest at the academy) there, mixes Asian and European pictorial traditions. SEO draws on romantic subjects, or emotional motifs, from Impressionist paintings. The subjects, realized as large formats of rice paper collages and acrylic paint, provide a modern interpretation of the subject of “coming home.” The figures seem to be composed of strips of paper painted in light colors.
SEO’s work has been purchased by collectors such as Ari de Knecht, Amsterdam, and Michael Rosenberg, New York and Scottsdale, Ariz. She also is represented in the Sperling Collection, Munich, and in the Dietz Collection at Bad Mergentheim, Germany. International museums take interest in SEO, too: A future museum, planned for Torhout, Belgium, bought one of her larger pieces, as did the Nerman Museum in Kansas City.