Jan yongdeok Lim
statement work about


Jan Yongdeok Lim is an artist from Seoul who lives and works in Utrecht. His work combines painting with installation to explore ambivalent identities and social memories.

He wants painting to resemble poetry. A single word, sentence, material, or image, how it calls him and how his/our memories talk to it, becomes a painting. His artistic approach lies in a careful examination of the oscillating boundaries surrounding discordance, disparity, and chaosmos, which defamiliarizes by disassembling and reassembling. For him reality thus becomes a flexible expanse. Nothing stands still or can be taken for granted. This perspective guides him as he traverses from introspection of personal identity to societal identities both as a subject and as an attitude within his paintings.

His most recent series “The Remnants” explores what's left behind: the abandoned, the spilled and the discarded - a daily news report, one morning poem, a small talk with a stranger, a fragment of a train of thought. He speculates that these interests he has developed stem from enduring the long pandemic. The work captures these things and moments in a concise and swift touch between abstract and figurative.

Currently lives and works in Utrecht (NL)


2015 HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht (NL),
Master of Arts in Fine Art
2012 Seoul National University, Seoul (KR),
Master of Science in Clothing and Textiles
- Aesthetics in Dress Lab.
2007 Kookmin University, Seoul (KR),
Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Major: Fashion Design / Minor: Painting

Exhibitions / Performances / Researches

2023 ‘Landwehrkanal’, Molt, Berlin (DE), group
2023 ‘Open Studios’, GlogauAIR, Berlin (DE), group
2023 ‘Pain In The Ass’, GlogauAIR showcase, Berlin (DE), solo
2022 ‘The Second Hands’, MNAC, Bucharest (RO), performer/ researcher
2020 ‘Boven De Bank’, Gallery Logman, Utrecht (NL), group
2018 ‘Spoor’, Pilotenkueche, Leipzig (DE), group
2018 ‘Speech Bubble’, Alte Handelsschule, Leipzig (DE), group
2018 ‘Rutschbahn’, Krudebude, Leipzig (DE), group
2018 ‘I Accept The Cookies’, Kunstraumpingpong, Leipzig (DE), group
2018 ‘This Must Be The Pacific Place’, Vriend van Bavink Gallery, Amsterdam (NL), group
2018 ‘Disclosed #13: HONOLULU’, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam (NL), performer
2017 ‘Open Studios’, SWK030, Utrecht (NL), group
2017 ‘The Final Report Presentation’, The Creative Centre HERE, Stöðvarfjörður (IS), group
2017 ‘To Seminar : Sleeper’, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (NL), performer/ researcher
2016 ‘Rethinking HOME_Koneksi-Connectie’, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL), performer
2015 ‘Tomorrow, I May Disappear’, MaHKU graduation show, Academiegalerie, Utrecht (NL), group
2015 ‘Before You Ask Me To Stay’, Pavilion Sala del Camino, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (IT), group
2014 ‘A Creature Called Soft Machine’, IMPAKT Festival, Academiegalerie, Utrecht (NL), group


2023 GlogauAir, Berlin (DE)
2018 Pilotenkueche, Leipzig (DE)
2017 The Creative Centre HERE, Stöðvarfjörður (IS)

On-site work

2021 ‘Assumption of Mary’, Yeongun cathedral, Cheongju (KR)
2019 ‘The Resurrection, At First Eye Contact’, Hwangan cathedral, Yeongdong (KR)