Galerie Richard

Young-Hun KIM

Kim Young-Hun applies ancestral techniques from traditional Korean painting to represent abstract images inspired by digital screen disturbances. By using both the painter’s classic colour palette and the hyper-saturated colours of digital screens, he bears witness to the mental and visual universe of a generation that has passed from an analogue to a digital world.

As a child, watching black and white television with his parents, he was fascinated by the disturbed images on the television screen during violent storms. The controlled tremors of his brush movements, rhythm breaks, distortions, are all references to these interferences on screens. His paintings possess this disruptive energy of forms, energy that also comes from the use of contemporary, digital and saturated colours, such as roses and greens, particularly in the paintings of 2018. The most recent paintings made in New York have more white and light sections, more soothing, going as far as his first monochrome painting.

Nevertheless, these paintings are visual oxymores describing a quiet violence and a contemporaneity in the continuity of ancestral techniques. Kim Young-Hun is inspired by a traditional horn painting technique called Hyukpil, which consists of using a single layer of paint with a large brush covered in several colours in a single continuous movement. Each hand tremor becomes a permanent trace. These modulatory lines may also suggest movements of nature, such as cloud formations or waterfalls, conscious and unconscious references to traditional Korean landscape paintings. For this reason, his paintings can also inspire a quiet and meditative contemplation.
In addition, these fluid brush lines contour rectangular blocks of coloured masses of classic, more sober colours, providing stability to the composition that the brush lines must contour. The artist places these geometric blocks first on the blank canvas. With reference to the theories of chaos, they could be considered as the initial conditions. The analogy is relevant insofar as the artist relies on them to design his brush movements with a powerful determinism.

The advent of the digital revolution is the defining event of this generation of artists and Kim Young-Hun translates it visually by making it part of the history of painting.

1964 born in Nonsan, South Korea

2008 M.F.A. Chelsea college of Art and design, University of Arts London
2006-2007 Goldsmiths college, University of London
1988-1992 B.F.A Hongik University, Seoul

2003 Höherweg 271, Dusseldorf, Germany
2000,3-2002, 2 Samsung residency program, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1996 Freeman fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, U.S.A
1995 Grand prize, Joongang Fine Art Prize, Seoul

Art Bank-National Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul
Government Art Bank-National Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul,
Bank of America, New York
ZAHA Museum, Seoul,
Sung-kok Art Museum, Seoul,
Samsung Museum of Art Leeum, Seoul
The Arts Club, London,
Kolon Group, Seoul,
KOEX Kimchi Museum, Seoul


2020 Kim Young-Hun, Volta New York, Richard, New York
Diamond Mountain: Electronic Nostalgia, Soluna Fine Art, Hong Kong

2019 Electronic Nostalgia, Paris, France
Electronic Nostalgia, Richard, New York, NY

2017 Virtual-Scape, Choi&Lager Gallery, Seoul

2016 Noise-Electronic Nostalgia, Gail Art Museum, Gapyung, South Korea

2013 Cloud Map, Space K, Daegu, South Korea

2012 Cloud Map, ZAHA Museum, Seoul
Cloud Map, Nuovo gallery, Daegu, South Korea

2010 Electronic Nostalgia-Broken Dream, Sung-Kok Art Museum, Seoul

2003 Höherweg 271 Studios, Dusseldorf, Germany

2002 Espace Icar, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France

2001 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

1997 Dark Side of the Moon, Woong-Jun gallery, Seoul

1995 Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Jang-heung, South Korea


2019 Hyper Salon, U art space, Seoul
In Line, Made art space, New York
4482, Gallery Selo Arts, Seoul

2018 Color Matters, Richard, New York, NY
Kim Young-HUn, Kim Jin, Gallery Lee Bae, Busan

2018 Kim Young-Hun, Kim Jin, gallery Lee Bae, Busan, South Korea

2017 Visualizing Today, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul
Imperfect Consonance – YoungHun Kim & Robert Muntean, UNC gallery, Seoul

2016 The Middle Distance – Shane Bradford & KIM Young-Hun, Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne, Gemany
Visual Arithmetic: The 64 Formal codes, Lee Eugean gallery, Seoul
Please Return to Busan Port. Vestfossen Museum, Norway
Noise-Electronic Nostalgia, Paik Haeyoung gallery DDP space, Seoul

2015 SamSaikDo, Jaha Museum, Seoul
Have a good day, Mr. Kim, Kunstraüme, Cologne, Germany

2014 Neo Sansu, Daegu art museum, Daegu, Korea
Best Portrait Collection-Artist’s Room, gallery won, Seoul

2013 Hom Utopicus, Hada Contemporary, London
Korean Contemporary Painting-33 Artists, Kangdong art center gallery, Seoul
Presents from Artists, gallery Sein, Seoul
Multi Effect, gallery Ihn, Seoul
British Impact, gallery Lee & Bae, Pusan, South Korea
Fantasy Will be There, Daegu art factory, Daegu, South Korea

2012 Kumkang Nature Art Biennale, Gong-Ju, South Korea
Transformed Human, Spaec K, Kwang-Ju, South Korea
The Secret, Kwangju Museum of Art, Kwang-Ju, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, ARKO Art Center, Seoul

2011 From a Distance, Keep a Distance, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
31 Emerging Artists, Gallery forest, Seoul
Pity on Utopia, Art space LOO, Seoul

2010 Art Actually, Gallery Kunstdoc, Seoul
Electronic Nostalgia, Mullae art factory, Seoul
Art Share, Dong-duk art gallery, Seoul
Over the Rainbow, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

2009 Digital/Multiple Emotion, Sejul gallery, Seoul
Nomadic Project (Time and Space), Dalanzadgad City Museum, Gobi, Mongolia
‘Defamiliarisation’ by Anna art project, Nolias gallery, London, United Kingdom

2008 4482, Oxo tower, Barge house, London, UK
Condensation 2008, Desima gallery, London, UK

2007 4482, Kingston business park, London, UK

2003 Kim Young-Hun & Moon ByungTak, Ingolstadt city gallery, Ingolstadt, Germany

2002 Kim Young-Hun & Christelle Spano, Paris Project Room, Paris, France
Biennale d’art contemporain de Saint-Cloud ‘Nature Cult’, Musée des Yvelines, France
Waldkunstpfad (Forest Art Path), Black Forest, Darmstadt , Germany
Jeune Création 2002, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France

2001 It’s a Wonderful World – Sol, Mur, Temps, Espace artsenal, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
Un Certain Regard sur la Nature, Abbatiale, Bernay, France
0 + X, Espace Bateau-Lavoir, Paris, France
Energie Raum, Städtische Galerie Dreieich, Dreieich, Germany
Jeune Création 2001, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France

2000 Fiestalux, Rue de Pont Neuf, Paris, France
Media Art 21-Virtually Yours, Sejong Art Center, Seoul

1999 ’99 Environmental Art Festival, Kwanghwa Mun Station, Seoul
Blasphemy-Dying to be Cruel, Monstrous, Strange, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

1998 Inchon Multimedia Art Festival, Inchon Art Center, Korea

1997 Our Cultural Legacy – View Point of Today, Sung-Kok Art Museum, Seoul
Dismantlement and revival-D.M.Z, ARKO Art Center, Seoul
Body as Text, Kumho Art Museum, Seoul

1996 The Stream of The New Generation; Technology and Anti-Technology, ARKO Art Center, Seoul
Good Morning Mr. Stomach, Gihon river project, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, U.S

1995 Joong-ang Fine Arts Prize, Seoul Museum of Art

1994 Review 1995-Today, gallery doll, Seoul
New Prospect ’94, Moran Museum of Art, Kyungki-do, S.Korea


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