Raymond Han

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Raymond Han
Raymond Han, Self with Red Jacket, Undated, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.jpg
Born(1931-09-29)September 29, 1931
DiedApril 18, 2017(2017-04-18) (aged 85)
NationalityAmerican Korean
'White Peony and Korean Pot', oil on canvas painting by Raymond Han, 2006, private collection
'Flora', oil on linen painting by Raymond Han, 2003, private collection
Raymond Han, Plastic Variations VI, 2012, Oil on canvas.

Raymond Han is an American painter who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1931, and died in upstate New York in 2017.[1] After study with Willson Young Stamper (1912–1988) at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Han moved to New York City and studied at the Art Students League of New York with Frank Mason (born 1921) and Robert Beverly Hale (1901–1985). Han lived and worked in upstate New York for the last period of his working life.

He was best known for his still lifes in the photorealism genre, but also incorporated the human figure as well as abstraction into his compositions. Han's work has been placed in the public collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (Utica, New York), the Yager Museum of Art & Culture (Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York) and the Picker Art Gallery (Colgate University, Hamilton, New York), amongst others. Han was represented at various times throughout his career by the Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, Forum Gallery, and lastly and until his death by Jason McCoy Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York.


Han's oeuvre spans over four decades. He is best known for his carefully composed floral and object still life paintings, but he also introduced figurative elements into his compositions, as well as working with a series of abstractions. His subjects are rendered with a sensitivity to detail and palette in combination with precise delineation of objects and spatial relationships, evoking a mood of calm that permeates his entire body of work, whether it be a figurative or abstract piece. Han's work often draws an aesthetic comparison to a variety of classic references, such as Renaissance frescoes and the works of Giorgio Morandi or Nicolas Poussin.

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

Fenimore Art Museum, NY
Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Academy of Arts, HI
Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY

Group Shows[edit]

New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA
Everhardt Museum, Scranton, PA
Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Collectors’ Gallery, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio TX
The Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA
Penn Plaza, New York, NY


  • Barzun, Jacques, Raymond Han: Still Lifes, San Francisco, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, 1997.
  • Holman, Thomas S., Raymond Han New Paintings, New York, Forum Gallery, 1995.
  • O'Hearn, John, Raymond Han: Dreams, Myth and Perception, New York, Forum Gallery, 2001.