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Kim is a London-based narrative painter who were born and raised in South Korea.
Kim’s work addresses the formation and re-negotiation of cultural identity, drawing from her own experience growing up in a conservative Korean context. Since moving to London in 2016, Kim was confronted with a radically unfamiliar cultural environment which led to a range of new perspectives on beauty, femininity, and social relations. Her ongoing research is the result of this continually expanding focus, encompassing a broad investigation of the social and political issues surrounding the identity of women, particularly from her own East Asian milieu.

The subjects of her paintings, primarily women, are drawn from real-life but depicted in an imaginary setting, or as Kim describes it, ‘a virtual narrative’.

‘The women in my paintings are randomly placed in isolated, ironic or confusing situations that represent certain issues in the real world or personal crisis.’

These figures radiate a feeling of discomfort, created by their personal circumstances: Kim is interested in this psychological portrayal more than what she calls the ‘root and process’ of the work. Rather than attempting to define her subject’s feelings, however, she focuses on presenting their universality, thus producing ‘little points of contact for empathy with women like her.’

 

 

Education

2016-2017     Chelsea College of Arts / London
                      MA Fine Art

2004-2009   Ewha Womans University/  Seoul
                      BA Visual Information Design
                      Fine Art Degree


Solo & Two-person Exhibitions

2018    <Residence>
            30 Cranley Mews  / London
2017    <SNOOZE : Minjoo Kim & Siannon Saunders>
            Hundred Years Gallery  / London
2016   <Too YOUNG To be True> Gallery IS/ Seoul
            - Selected as ‘Artist of 5th Gallery iS Creative Support Program'
2014   <Between> Gallery IS/ Seoul


Group Exhibitions

2019    Three Pillars
            Chelsea Gallery / London
2019    The Female Gaze
            Theatre Deli / London
2019    HIX AWARD 2018
            Coutts / London

2018    HIX AWARD 2018
            HIX Art Gallery / London
2018    SERENITY
            The Orange, PoptArt Gallery  / London
2018    SUMMER SALON 2018
            Candid Arts Trust Gallery  / London
2018    'She Performs'
            London Gallery West  / London
2018    Open Studios
            Bow Arts, The Rum Factory  / London

2017    Affordable Art Fair 2017 Battersea Evolution  / London
            - Invited to the Recent Graduate’s Exhibition section
2017    Chelsea Summer Show
            Chelsea College of Arts  / London
2017    <Body Party>
            MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts / London
2017    MA Fine Art Interim Show
            Cook House / London
2017    <SEE ART Group Show>
           
Gallery Toon/ Chuncheon

2016    <Contemporary Paintings>
            
The Brick Lane Gallery/ London
2016    Gwanghwamun International Art Festival
            
Sejong Art Hall/ Seoul
            - Selected for Asia Contemporary Young Artist

2015    Asian Students & Young Artists Art Festival
            
Culture Station/ Seoul
            - Selected for the 1st session exhibition
2015    Potential Art group exhibition
            
Hanjeon Art Center / Seoul
2013    <Invited 3 Artists> Timber Coffee/ Gumi


Awards and other careers

2018   HIX AWARD 2018
          - Finalisted
2016   World Illustration Challenge, Grafolio.com
          - Winner of Challenge Vol.2
2015   Designing for 2015 MUSE INCITY FESTIVAL