Jinny Yu is a painter whose work considers the complexities of visual spatiality and materiality; her paintings oscillate between the physical and material space of the world and the pictorial and more subtly material 'space' of the painted surface. Yu’s interest in this problematic leads her to explore the tensions between representation and abstraction, and her paintings frequently involve both. She paints with oil on aluminum, employing conventional brushes as well as other materials and devices. She is fascinated by aluminum because its reflective yet opaque surface concretizes the aesthetic and representational issues which form the current focus of her practice.
Born in Seoul and based in Canada, Jinny Yu received her MFA from York University, Toronto, Canada and BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. Yu is an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy; Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan; Sotheby’s, London, UK; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada; Taehwa Eco Art Festival, Ulsan City, Republic of Korea; Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Canada; and McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Canada. Presently, she is artist-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn. Jinny Yu is represented by Galerie Art Mûr in Montreal.