Young Min Koh

Invitation Solo Exhibition


June 27 - July 3rd , 2019

Opening Reception


Thursday , June 27th , 6 - 8 pm




547 W 27th st #518, NY, NY, 10001


Empowering Women

Through Female Portraits

Against Patriarchy

 Young Min Koh


Thesis Catalogue presented to the

MFA Fine Arts Program

School of Visual Arts, New York


In partial fulfillment of the

requirements for the degree of

Master of Fine Arts


By Young Min Koh

April 2019


Mentor: Gary Stephan

Thesis Advisor: Jasmine Wahi


 I use portraits as a tool to resist patriarchy because portraits are traditional symbols of power, privilege, and authority. My work is a series of portraits of women through the lens of feminism as a way that empowers women. Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social gender equality.[1] Historically, there was no discussion of the portrait of women in terms of feminism in Korean culture. Correcting that absence is my contribution to the history of the protest of the patriarchy.


 The catalyst for making this work is my own personal experience and interest in portraits. One day, I was looking for formal women’s portraits for references to use in my portrait painting, but I couldn’t find any in Korean history. Finally, when I did find a few women’s portraits, they were the exceptions, not the rule. I was very angry that women didn’t even have the power to have portraits, and I decided to paint female portraits to compensate. I chose to paint portraits as a direct resistance to the patriarchal artist tradition.   


 My work is about supplementing formal female portraits of Korea. Through portraits, I elevate and empower women. I visualize women as monumental and confident like historical male figures. All the characters in the portraits are smiling with confidence. In some paintings, I strategically mix and match the contemporary dress with historical hairstyles. This implies that even if the subjects of my portraits live in a contemporary world, their cultural identity is Korean.

Contributing to the establishment of a gender-equal society is my goal as a feminist artist. I can fully understand other women’s suffering because I’ve been through the pain and struggle myself. That experience gave me a feminist perspective. I want to support other women through my work and I want to help those who have struggled with similar situations.


 I believe my responsibility as an artist is to encourage women. We all know that the social systems are not equal for women and there are many barriers for women to achieve success. However, I believe that efforts like mine will make a society where men and women can live more equal and happier lives.


[1] En.wikipedia.org. (2019). Feminism. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism.

Gallery Hours

Monday        Appointment req.

Tuesday       12:00 - 6:00pm

Wednesday  12:00 - 6:00pm

Thursday      12:00 - 8:00pm

Friday           12:00 - 6:00pm

Saturday       12:00 - 6:00pm

For another time,

please make an appointment.

Young Min Koh                                

Born in Seoul, Korea                                                           

Lives and Works in New York, NY                                   






MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA

MFA Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

BA Fine Arts, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea






Healing New York Deli, Pop-Up Show, West 21 Deli and Grocery Corp., Chelsea, NY, USA


Happy Printings, Solo show, Gallery Bom, Geyonggido, Korea






Now That’s What I Call Love, Group Show, curated by Drea Cofield and Gaby Collins-Fernandez, DCTV New York, NY, USA

Open Studios, School of Visual Art MFA Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA


Open Studios, School of Visual Art MFA Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

Summer Residency Open Studios, School of Visual Arts Summer

Residency Program, New York, NY, USA


Open Studios, School of Visual Art MFA Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA


Seoul  Printing Art  2005, Group Show, ToPo House, Seoul, Korea







Summer Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA





  2019 Empowering Women Through Female Portraits Against Patriarchy, SVA Thesis Catalog

Portrait of Young-za Lee I

2017, Oil on canvas, 40x36 in.

Portrait of Young-za Lee Il

2017, Oil on canvas, 36x40 in.

Portrait of Young-za Lee Ill

2018, Oil on canvas, 40x36 in.

Homage to Dürer I

2018, Oil on canvas, 60x40 in.

Homage to Dürer Il

2018, Oil on canvas, 60x40 in.

Self-portrait in Two Genders l

2018, Oil on canvas, 60x48 in.


Past Exhibitions

2016 Exhibitions
2016 Exhibitions

© 2019 K&P Gallery    547 W 27th St #518, New York, NY 10001   info@kandpgallery.com

© 2018 K&P Gallery

547 W 27th St #518, NY, NY, 10001



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