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"Among few series of works I have been working on for over a decade, my Face series, which incorporate layers of multicultural visual elements on the large face portrait, has been the most important signature work of mine which has been collected over 100 works to various collectors all over the world. My Face paintings are my translation of Eastern tradition and philosophy. I engraved the symbolic universes onto the human faces to represent the philosophy that the intuitive and introspective concept of self is united within the whole of the creation. In Taoist and Buddhist tradition Mandalas have been produced to depict symbolic pictures of the universe and as an aid to meditation. Mandalas can also be visualized in the pure emptiness during meditation. They are described as a symbolic world of reality, which does not exist physically, but exists beyond time and space."~ Mee Shim

Mee Shim was born and raised in Suwon, South Korea and currently resides as a full-time artist in beautiful San Diego, California, United States of America.

Her career started early on: Ms. Shim took painting lessons at the studio of the well-known Korean artist, Lee Jung Ji for three years prior to pursuing her formal education.  Just one year after completing the BFA program at Duksung Women’s University in Seoul- Ms. Shim debuted her first solo exhibition at Samsung Gallery in Seoul, Korea in 1997. Soon afterwards, Mee Shim earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University in Michigan in 1999. 

Additional Professional accomplishments include teaching Art at Indiana University, and exhibiting at multiple Art Museums and Galleries in the United States, South Korea, and Europe. These include:  Monarch Gallery in La Jolla, James Gray Gallery in Santa Monica, Orange County, The Center for Contemporary Art in Orange County, California, both the Merwin and Wakeley Gallery and Andrew Bae Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, the Detroit Artists’ Market, Detroit, Michigan, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, McDonough Museum of Art in Ohio, among many others. Ms. Shim has been guest lecturer and exhibitor of her work for numerous Universities as well.

Mee Shim’s works are collected by private art collectors and art museums over the world including Steve Wynn in Las Vegas, Grand Rapids Museum of Art in Michigan, Lutheran Hospital in Indiana, McDonough  Museum of Art, O. Ghannoum in United Arab Emirates, and J. Marchant in London, UK.


Ms. Shim has been awarded fellowships and artist-in-residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Her works were also chosen for Art Exhibition for 12th World Championship in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, 2009.


Adelman Fine Art is pleased to represent Mee Shim and share her talent with collectors worldwide.


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