Associated locally with Phillips Gallery and Terzian Galleries in Park City, Oonju Chun has also done a residency at Maynard Dixon’s home in Mt. Carmel. It’s pretty much agreed that this abstract artist, who has painted full-time for about five years on large canvases in a loose, painterly application, is truly on the rise. “I have started on a couple of large diptychs at the end of 2014 of which one is finished and the other I am still looking at,” she says. “I like to look at my paintings for a long time even when the actual painting is pretty much done. This allows me to really let the piece ‘sink in’ and gives me time to make sure I am quite satisfied with the way it ‘speaks’ to me. For example, quite often I have returned to older pieces and reworked the images to my satisfaction. Reversely, I have paintings of which I was not too excited about at the time of completion and two years later, I take it out and look at it with fresh eyes and really like it. ‘Pig Iron’ which recently sold to Utah state for it’s permanent collection is one of those pieces.”
Every January we check in with Utah artists to see what the new year holds in store for them.