Fay Ku

b. 1974 in Taipei, Taiwan; lives in Brooklyn, New York


Fay Ku creates narrative, figurative artwork that connects with past and present cultural histories. She invokes Eastern and Western traditions in her drawings which combine fluid draftsmanship and meticulous detail with idiosyncratic and often discomforting ideas.

Provocative and playful, Ku’s beautifully-executed drawings pair a sexually-frank wit with uncanny tableaus featuring solitary reveries and mysterious social rituals. For example, at Tamarind, Ku used the process of lithography to depict the symbiotic, often carnal, coupling of human figures with fish or birds.

Ku is the recipient of a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant and 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grant. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu, Hawaii); New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, CT); and Snite Museum of Art (South Bend, IN). She has participated in several artist residencies including Wave Hill (The Bronx, NY); Lower East Side Printshop (New York, NY); and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE).

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