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Rimm Chae works traditionally precious materials such as lacquer and mother-of-pearl, which both date back to traditional times, I have felt that my work embodies both the past and present. 

With her experience of 20 years as a jewelry designer to the traditional art of lacquer, she started creating “sculptural paintings.” Previously, Chae’s work has taken the form of “sculptural paintings,” bringing both painting and sculpture together into one. However, more recently, she has started to take the opposite approach by deconstructing and separating these two genres in her art. While her previous work focused on the lacquer’s traditional smooth finish, some of her recent work focuses on color and texture. Although Chae’s work is based on traditional Korean lacquer paintings, the bold use of color and repetition of points and lines bring these paintings closer to Western art.

While the traditional Najeonchilgi technique involves attaching the mother-of-pearl to the surface with a hot iron, her work pursues a unique form of beauty, created by setting the mother-of-pearls onto a lacquered canvas with silver prongs. Thus, each piece created is both flat and voluminous, traditional and contemporary, painting-like and sculptural all at the same time. By using mother-of-pearl and different precious stones such as traditional gemstones (such as coral, amber, jade, lapis lazuli, tiger’s eye), pearls, turquoise, her art represents the meeting point between painting and sculpture, conceptualism and realism.

She received the Leonardo Da Vinci Award in Florence, Italy. Her works of art were also accepted and exhibited at the Start Art Fair held at London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2017. She became the first Korean ever to win the SOLO Award at the Artexpo New York. The International André Malraux Association also awarded her at the International Cultural Heritage Fair held in Paris. She has successfully held numerous solo exhibitions in Seoul, New York, and Paris. Her artwork has also been well-received at leading art fairs in Miami, Barcelona, Singapore, Cologne, Taipei, London, Brussels, and Toulouse.

Selected images

Selected Exhibitions 



Dancing Willow - Space776, New York, NY 



From a distance -Hakgojae Cheongdam, Seoul

Gallery Exhibitions