March 3, 2024


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Hun Kyu Kim.

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Hun Kyu Kim.
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Hun Kyu Kim at work

The artists I am looking at now is the South Korean painter, Hun Kyu Kim.  It is tricky to describe the artwork of today’s showcased painter.  It is, to say the the very least, troubling and the extra just one concentrates on the figures, the extra just one gets to be alarmed.  The particular person figures appear like some thing out of Japanese anime or going again even more in the earlier, the figures 1 observed and was fascinated with in the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch.

The Back garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch

Kim claims his favourite artwork is Bosch&#8217s get the job done, The Backyard of Earthly Delights. In accordance an interview he gave to CNN Seoul, he also sees his artwork as a bridge concerning the earlier and the contemporary. 

Funeral on the Beach front by Hun Kyu Kim (2020). Pigment painted on silk

Having said that there is a thread of violence functioning via numerous of his will work, regardless of whether it is threatened catfish, sword-wielding pet dogs or armoured vermin performing acts of violence, cruelty and problems.  Their expressions distorted by detest, their eyes bloodshot and jaundiced, and their contorted faces frequently partly decomposed add horror to the depiction. Kim tries to combine amusement with the grotesque, and his paintings set a modern day spin on the historic portray designs that Kim expended practically a 10 years mastering. What I like about his operate is the way I can eliminate myself in the compositions which are so total of aspects and so visually multifaceted. Kim has claimed that he hoped his perform tangled peoples brains.  I am sure by the close of this website you will see that he has managed that !

Kim in his studio.

Born in Seoul in 1986, when it arrived to enrolling at the city’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Kim opted for the study course on traditional Oriental portray and Aesthetics as his double main. During his studies he was taught the tactics guiding restoring the terrific Buddhist paintings of the previous and was set jobs to faithfully copy them.  Of these tasks Kim spoke about the satisfaction he obtained from the numerous responsibilities:

“…It was just an instinct. Previous paintings appear from religious activity so they have an aura within, and a excellent magnificence. The course of action is comforting, and I favored the scent of the silk and black ink…”

It took him just about a 10 years to graduate mainly because the demanded methods took that a great deal time to grasp and comprehend.

Readymade Flea Sector by Hun Kyu Kim. Pigment painted on silk.

After graduating Kim became associated in political activism and he identified it challenging to attain exhibition space for his function which experienced anti-authoritarian connotations.  He remaining South Korea and travelled to London in which, in 2015, he enrolled on a postgraduate study course at London’s Royal Higher education of Artwork.  Through his activism times he learnt how to engineer a much more subtle activism with his allegorical depictions which still left the observer to come to a decision what they were all about and he thought that those who have suffered or are struggling oppression will recognize the paintings.

Too Neat for Searching by Hun Kyu Kim. Pigment painted on silk

Whilst at a single time he considered himself to be a political artist, he now thinks that given that leaving his homeland he feels more calm and a lot less politicised.  In his work entitled As well Cool for Searching we see anthropomorphic animals carry out out infinite and many storylines amidst a multicoloured, animated worlds.  Glance thoroughly and we can make out harassed catfish, sword-wielding dogs and rodents dressed in armour which dedicate acts of violence, malevolence and rascally deeds.  Their contorted expressions are horrifying.  Their eyes are bloodshot and yellow, and even their putrefied faces are in some cases partly decomposed.   As we search at the a variety of figures we are partly amused and partly horrified.

Derby Enthusiasts (Spring Day) by Hun Kyu Kim. Pigment painted on silk.

Kim would likely be looked on as a workaholic.  He is in his studio painting 10 hrs a working day and 7 times a week. It is what he enjoys accomplishing and he says to total a person of his greater functions requires him at least a month.  The painting on silk is a elaborate system.  His modus operandi is to start out the work at just one corner and allow details operate out gradually and one particular ought to keep in mind that any blunders produced are irreversible ensuing in the painting staying binned.  So how does Kim cope with that problem?  In accordance to him it is the situation of early morning meditation prior to starting up operate!

Drowning by Hun Kyu Kim. Pigment painted on silk.

We are aware that Kim’s has taken an inordinate amount of money of time to finish his artworks.  It has consumed hours and hrs of his time and in a way it calls for we get our time to diligently peruse the depictions and take in each individual element of it fairly than just supplying it the usual cursory five-2nd look, the regular time we make it possible for ourselves to attain some pleasure from what we see.

Ark for A single by Hun Kyu Kim (2017). Pigment painted on silk.

Kim&#8217s do the job is what I believe that you both enjoy or despise. There is basically no midway residence !

Eight Universes and The Device by Hun Kyu Kim.

The four paintings previously mentioned had been part of Kim’s to start with solo exhibition in the Uk entitled The Eight Universes and The Equipment. The exhibition was held in November and December 2018 at The Solution Gallery, a modern artwork gallery located over a public dwelling of the very same name in Bethnal Green, London.  The exhibition was entitled The 8 Universes and The Equipment.  His exhibition weaved intricate tales about an imaginary environment. On the other hand, Kim’s imagined globe will become an analogy for his comprehension and feelings with regards the extremely authentic recent political circumstance in South Korea and its disquieting alter due to the fact a stamping out of a corrupt routine.

Pigdog by Hun Kyu Kim

Kim’s Eight Universes and The Device, has scrupulously created eight parallel universes throughout his 8 paintings, comprising four seasons, evening and working day. The depictions bundled a lot of hybrid animals symbolising a social position such as scholar, artist and labourer. Kim’s made worlds are envisaged to be less than the handle of just one enormous equipment, neoliberal capitalism, which is a reference to an ideology encouraging no cost-current market capitalism and nominal govt intervention which has been the dominant and progressively pervasive financial program of the contemporary planet since the late 1970s. 

Life will develop into more interesting by Hun Kyu Kim. Colouring on silk with oriental pigments and taxidermy.

These exhibited is effective were the first 8 paintings from a a great deal more substantial ongoing project that Kim is embarking on, which he conditions as The Large Photo. A massive endeavour, meticulously illustrating, in obsessive detail, a tale combining Korean fairy tales, political history and folklore, as an unique science fiction epic. Kim normally takes on the purpose of the storyteller.  Every single story acts as an impartial unit, but shares a popular entire world comprehensive of imagination, informing a one overarching narrative.   The political information Kim puts around with these paintings exposes how neoliberalism perniciously operates in our culture now, and how, we, its topics, innocently get section in its procedure to their own downside.

Unwashed by Hun Kyu Kim. Colouring on silk with oriental pigment.

Hun Kyu Kim now life and performs in London and in 2017 was the winner of the Chadwell Award.  This award was established up by Andrew Submit and Mary Aylmer in 2010 in memory of Andrew’s mother.  The award is made available to students as a bridge involving art school and exercise as a professional artist by giving a new Fine Artwork MA graduate a free studio in Bow, London for a 12 months, together with a bursary of £1,000. In addition the Chadwell Award has a discretionary purchase grant of up to £4,000 to get a function from the award holder at their conclusion-of-award clearly show.

So there you have it ! Really like it or despise it &#8211 your selection.

My upcoming blog site will be all about colour but similarly distinctive from mainstream artwork.

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