Helena Anrather is pleased time present a solo presentation of new paintings by Guimi You. You’s paintings are imbued with magical realism and a heightened sense of playful imagination, which have taken on an added poignancy in this latest body of work. You moved to the Bay Area with her husband and five year old son two weeks before the pandemic sent everyone inside. In their isolation, You has been struggling to keep her son healthy, happy, and occupied, creating fantastical worlds and games to absorb and nourish him. These worlds have found their way into her studio, where the outside is even more removed now as the wildfires have raged around her home. Through these glimpses of childhood we also see a deeper-buried determination to keep herself going, and an abiding love for the world.
Guimi You (b.1985 Seoul, Korea) lives and works in Albany, California. She received a MA in Painting from Royal College of Art, London, the United Kingdom in 2014, and a BFA and an MFA in Oriental Painting from Seoul National University, Korea in 2008 and 2011 respectively. Solo exhibitions include: “Soft Light Somewhere,” Monya Rowe Gallery in New York (2020); “Mystical Moist Night Air,” in the same gallery(2018). Selected group exhibitions include: Fourteen 30 Contemporary, Portland, OR; and Drawer, NYC; Kristian Day, London, UK. She has completed residencies at Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY; Banff Centre Artist in Residency, Banff, Canada; The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.