Saelee Oh is a Korean-American artist residing in her home town of Los Angeles, CA. Her folk art inspired work explores visual storytelling and depicts subjects in nature as a symbolic metaphor. Her art making process is visceral and visually, all of Oh's pieces have evidence of the human hand to keep with her theme of relationships to the natural world and organic inspiration. Oh graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with a BFA with Honors and has been working in the creative field for 10+ years. 

Oh's paper cut outs are all hand cut with an exacto blade and primarily uses acrylic, watercolor, graphite and ink to make her paintings. 

Selected Exhibitions

New Image Art Gallery
Jonathan Levine Gallery
Martha Otero Gallery
Giant Robot / GR2
Japanese American National Museum

Selected Clients

McSweeny's | Time Magazine | Deutsch | Goodby + Silverstein | Element Skateboards | Bust | Bon Appetit | Blik | XLR8R | Martha Stewart | New York Magazine | The Weinstein Company | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 

Selected Press

Los Angeles Times
Juxtapoz Magazine 
Giant Robot
KoreAm
Communication Arts
American Illustration

 

Curriculum Vitae

SAELEE OH

EDUCATION
2003     BFA with Honors, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015      "not yet titled," Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
2010     “Infinite Roots,” Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY, NY
2008     “Tangled Tales,” Tinlark Gallery, LA, CA
2006     "I Walk And Rivers Run," GRNY, NY, NY
2005     "A Wink is Half a Blink," GR2, LA, CA

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS 

2008     “Gathered Together,” Tinlark Gallery, LA, CA
2007     “Hidden Habits,” GR2, LA, CA
2005     “I’m Glad We Met, Giant Robot, SF, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014      “Fresh StART,” LA, CA                
              "20 Years Art X Mags Exhibition,” Giant Robot, LA, CA
              “Incognito,” Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
              “Tiny Trifecta,” Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
              “Boxed,” Workspace, Tampa, FL
2013      “Vitruvius,” Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
              “Post It 9,” Giant Robot 2, Los Angeles, CA
              “Wider Than a Postcard,” Breezeblock Gallery, Portland, OR
              “Good Eye Open,” Curve Line Space, Los Angeles, CA
2012      “Giant Robot Biennale 3,” Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2010      “Incognito,” Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
              “Patchwork,” Giant Robot & GR2, LA, CA
              “Fresh StART,” LA, CA
              “Three x Ten,” Tinlark Gallery, LA, CA
              “Scion Installation 6: VIDEO,” Scion Installation L.A., LA, CA
2009      “I Know What You’re Thinking…” with Seonna Hong & Caroline Hwang, Sloan Fine Art, NY, NY
              “Game Over II,” Giant Robot, SF, CA
              “The Big Payback,” Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Show, LA, CA
              “Enlighten!,” Helms Bakery Building, LA, CA
              “Post It 4,” Giant Robot & GR2, LA, CA           
              “Fresh StART,” LA, CA
2008      “The Panorama Project 3,” Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY, NY
              “Sea No Evil,” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2007      “Giant Robot Biennale,” Japanese American National Museum, LA, CA
              “Salty: Three Tales of Sorrow,” El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance, CA
              “Free To A Good Home,” Giant Robot & GR2, LA, CA
              “Dirty Hands,” Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
              “Printed Matter,” GRSF, SF, CA
              “Wurstminister Dog Show,” Wurst Gallery, Portland, OR
2006      "Heavenly Friends," St. Lawrence University, NY
              "Tree Show 2," Giant Robot, SF, CA           
              "Drawn to Expression," Williamson Gallery, Pasadena, CA           
              "2nd anniversary show," Giant Robot, SF, CA 

2005      "Incognito," Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA           
               "The Family Room," Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY   
               "Flood the Gutters," New Image Art, LA, CA           
               "New Traditionalists," Subliminal Projects, LA, CA
2004       "Incognito," Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
               "Nook and Cranny," New Image Art Gallery, LA, CA           
               "The Skull Show," Hanna Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003      "From the West Coast to the West Country," Here Gallery, Bristol, UK
               "Feathered Friends," Motel Gallery, Portland, OR           
               "Lead Poisoning," New Image Art Gallery, LA, CA           
               "Puddle Jumpers," New Image Art Gallery, LA, CA

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 

2008       Wong, Martin, “Saelee Anything,” Giant Robot Magazine (cover), Issue 55                         
                Woo, Michael, “Color Me Mine: Artist Saelee Oh Draws Her World,”
                KoreAm Journal, Vol 19, No. 2, Feb.
                O’Toole, Meighan, “ Q & A with Saelee Oh,” My Love For You Is a Stampede of Horses, May 29
2007        La Clour, Nina, Feature Article, Juxtapoz Magazine, No. 82, Nov.           
                Yok + Mutch, “Saelee Oh,” Kingbrown, Issue 3           
                Trippe, John, “Saelee Oh,” Fecal Face, Oct. 26
2006        Pollack, Jesse, Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh,” Fecal Face, Aug. 25
2004        Carpenter, Susan, “Cartoonists’ Network,” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 16

LECTURES

2010        Otis College of Design
2009       Parsons School of Design
2006       Harvard University               
                Saint Lawrence University