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Kim ByungKwan

Born: South Korea
Education: Hanyang University
Exhibitions: Gallery La Mer

Figurative artist Kim wowed judges at our IN:SIGHT 2016 competition with his expressive, experimental pieces. His work seeks to disrupt everyday familiarity to open our senses.


The South Korean artist is known for breaking up his paintings with scribbles and smears of paint – usually over the subjects’ faces. For Kim, familiarity is a form of ‘habitual vision’, which creates comfort but also ultimately limits our possibilities and closes the door to further opportunities.

Kim says: “I am trying to bring out strangeness from familiarity. I think one of the important functions of art is to show a new vision to the world, so my work destroys and reconstructs to break up the way we usually see things.”


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