EXHIBITIONS

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Sally Ko

Sally Ko was born in Seoul, Korea in 1971. She immigrated to the United States with her family when she was two-years old. She grew up in the city and north suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Chicago. Sally attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art.​

Sally works in a variety of styles and media but is especially known for her style of pouring and manipulating paint to create the loose, yet controlled sensation of her paintings. The organic patterns and appearance of this variety of her paintings reflect not only the actual theme or content of the particular painting in which they appear but also the mental process that gives life to the work
Sally’s work is widely appreciated and can be found in the personal collections of a variety of clients that includes everyone from teachers to producers, executives to restaurateurs and several prominent national and international names. Her works have been featured in various magazines and have been displayed in organized shows, art fairs, corporate spaces, hotels, fashionable restaurants, galleries and international museums.

Sally Ko

Dreaming in color #1, 2020

Watercolor on french watercolor paper 22 x 30 in

Sally Ko

Dreaming in color #2, 2020

Watercolor on french watercolor paper 22 x 30 in

Sally Ko

Dreaming in color #3, 2020

Watercolor on french watercolor paper 22 x 30 in

Sally Ko

Dreaming in color #4, 2020

Watercolor on french watercolor paper 22 x 30 in

Sally Ko

Dreaming in color #5, 2020

Watercolor on french watercolor paper 22 x 30 in

Sally Ko

Dreaming in color #6, 2020

Watercolor on french watercolor paper 22 x 30 in

Sally Ko

Blue

Mixed media on canvas 48 x 48 in

Sally Ko

White

Mixed media on canvas 48 x 48 in

Sally Ko

Black

Mixed media on canvas 48 x 48 in

Sally Ko

Mind Body #3

Mixed media on canvas 60 x 48 in

Sally Ko

Mind Body #2

Mixed media on canvas 60 x 48 in

Sally Ko

Mind Body #3

Mixed media on canvas 60 x 48 in

Statement

My focus is on the physical form and color of my paint — its various shades, forms, textures, and spatial relationships. I apply it and manipulate it to create effects that are both physical and emotional.

​My recurring challenge in each of my works is to take my chaotic mental world of conflicting experiences and emotions and translate them into a coherent beautiful work. At their most successful, my paintings are expressive and free, and simultaneously controlled and calculated.​
People have commented that the shapes and forms in my paintings look like cells dividing. In some cases, that is an accurate thematic characterization, but that perception is also a glimpse of the process leading to my finished work.
SALLY KO