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All work and photographs © Sung-Kook Kim

Sung-Kook Kim

  • About the artist


    2018 MA, Painting, Royal College of Arts, London, UK

    2012 MFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Korea 2009 BFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Korea


    Solo Exhibitions

    2016 Over and Over, Gallery Mano, Seoul 2014 Hiatus, LVS Gallery, Seoul
    2013 The Age of Taboo, Salon de H, Seoul 2010 Pasting the Past, LVS Gallery, Seoul


    Group Exhibitions

    2018 Thumbnails, Hockney Gallery, London
    2017 2018 Pyeongchang Culture Olympiad ALL CONNECTED, Olympic Park, Seoul 2017 #33 Annual Open Preview, CGP London Gallery, London
    2017 Hermione Hammond Drawing Award Exhibition, Cass Art Gallery, London
    2017 As it stands: Unrefined, muted, abandoned, Hundred Years Gallery, London 2017 Hello, Stranger, The Square Gallery, London
    2017 Under the Sea, Crypt Gallery, London
    2017 Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Exhibition, Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery, London 2017 Surrogate Twins, Kensington Project Space_Darwin Building, London
    2017 WIP Show, Sackler Building, London
    2016 Ten Rooms, Shinhan Bank PWM, Seoul
    2016 Exhibition of Alive paintings, GS Caltex Yeulmaru, Yeosu
    2015 Affordable Art Fair, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul
    2015 Flower House, LVS Project, Seoul
    2015 Paintings-All the Windows to the World, Blume Museum, Paju
    2014 2nd Exhibition, LVS Project, Seoul
    2013 Happy Small Presents, Kim Jae-Sun Gallery, Busan
    2013 Small Works Exhibition by 10 Artists , LVS Gallery, Seoul

  • About the work

    'I express relationships between individuals, individuals and society, and amid societies as wholes. I find these relationships difficult to comprehend, yet compelling. My works are symbolic visualizations of social relationships, feelings, and my perspectives of these experiences, like a pictorial record. They are the process of analyzing and understanding relationships in my surroundings. Furthermore, they are also devices to capture moments of everyday life which I believe are too meaningful to let pass by.


    The themes come from my interpersonal problems. I have always wanted to be social and to get along with people, though it has always been difficult for me. Social psychologist David Myers said that proper self-disclosure (the extent to which one person reveals himself to another through communication) is necessary for maintaining good relationships with others. In that respect, knowing one's self accurately is important, but it’s something I still have not figured out. Therefore, I appropriate well-known images and concepts that exist in society and compose them with my surroundings onto a canvas. This is a reflective act and a way for me to see myself, as if looking in a mirror.'


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    Instagram: @sungkookkim07

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