Born in 1973 in Mokpo, Korea, Ginok (gin oke) grew up in the city of Pusan, South Korea. Right from childhood, she had an affinity for Fine Arts and would often lose herself in thought as she wandered through the busy streets of her neighbourhood. With her sketchbook in hand, she would draw the scenes that surrounded her, keenly observing with an artistic eye. Ginok enrolled in Dada Art School in Pusan and completed a program in drawing and painting. She then went on, in 1998, to obtain a BA in Fine Arts, majoring in painting at the Pusan National University.
In 2000, Ginok moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland and currently makes her home down in Petty Harbour. She can usually be found working on her paintings in her River Rock studio; enjoying days spent creating both realistic and abstract pieces with incredible thought and attention to detail.
Ginok has recently been exploring the subject of the human figure. She reflects on themes from her own past, particularly times when she was troubled, and uses them to inspire her work. Going one step further, Ginok portrays how she imagines other people’s hidden experiences. Exploring gestures and body language, she hopes to expose true emotion by revealing some insight into dark memories and conditions of a troubled nature.
Her works are collected throughout Canada, United Kingdom and Korea and are sold at the Leyton Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Along with painting full-time, Ginok is also an accomplished printmaker and serves on the board of St. Michael’s Printshop. She shares her knowledge of the Fine Arts by teaching art classes to both children and adults.