Coming from an industrial design background one might think this shy South Korean artist would have be working FOR the machine but instead she is working for her own damn self these days, all the while searching for her next meal and favorite ice cream spot. Born in Seoul, she has slowly made her way to NYC via Hong Kong, Taiwan, and California. She was previously in the toy manufacturing business designing things that share similar qualities to her current work. Stella im Hultberg’s paintings are conceived in varying combinations of ink, watercolor, and oils on paper, wood and canvas. Her portraits of women are rendered in easy, flowing lines with soft hues that transcend the typical critiques of feminine beauty, inherent in today’s self conscious society. Hultberg originally studied Industrial Design at CSU, which naturally segued into work as a toy designer early on in her career. Working in the design industry serendipitously led to her building upon her own natural talents as an artist then a toy designer and then a self-taught painter. Having grown up in Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, she has a diverse blend of cultural influences to pull from. Hultberg has shown her work with such prestigious galleries at Lineage Gallery (now Joshua Liner Gallery), Roq La Rue, Gallery 1988, Limited Addiction, and Corey Helford. With solo shows ahead at Copro Gallery and Josh Liner Gallery in the coming year, things will only continue to bloom for this young artist. Now residing in Brooklyn, she explores the female form even more. Pushing its meaning and redefining every part of it in a fantastic fashion.
Never odd or even. 9'' x 12''. Oil & Ink on tea-stained paper. 2006.
beautiful and enchanting. captures a warming side of youth.
Ache. 12'' x 24'', Oil on Canvas, 2007. gettin' more surreal with a hint of underwater dream scape.
Waiting in Dreams. 20'' x 24''. Oil on Canvas. 2008
passionate, lovely. seemingly devoid of emotions while simultaneously possessing every one.
Whisper. 4'' x 4''. Mixed Media on wood. 2009.
this year she meant minimalist and then did a 360 once again to way heavy expressionism. The faces tell some stories.
Like A Sad Song. 3'' x 2.5''. Acrylic, Wood, Clay. 2010.
Stella now brings us some wonderfully crafted wooden pieces.