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The evocative works of Sung Hwa Kim are born after daily excursions around the city, with the greedy eyes of those who want to capture every single detail.
Korean artist, who lives and works in New York, manages to transform everyday life into a spiritual escape, transfiguring the world – with a solitary wandering looking with the eyes of the soul – into its own intimate but universal reality.
The subjects I choose to paint such as flowers, weeds, butterflies, and the moon, all contain reminders of our mortality, and the ephemeral nature of our existence. I’ve been exploring the dichotomy between light and dark through symbolic valences of hope and life triumphing over loss and despair.
So we follow him attracted by these paintings because – who feels like he was a collector of images and moments – teaches us to see “beyond” what we distractedly see in our hasty daily life.
A meditative pause, in the superficiality of the everyday life.
Sung Hwa Kim (b. 1985 in Seoul, South Korea) received his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA from The Art Institute of Boston. Kim has held solo exhibition at Hesse Flatow (New York, NY). Recent group exhibitions include Gone Was the Glow at 1969 Gallery (New York, NY); At the Table, The AAPI Awareness Charity Exhibition at Christie’s (New York, NY); You Had Me At Hello: New American Paintings 2022 Review at Steven Zevitas Gallery (Boston, MA); The Views at Moskowitz Bayse (Los Angeles, CA); Shifted Horizon at HESSE FLATOW (New York, NY); 36 Paintings at Harper’s Books (East Hampton, NY); NOCTURNE on Galleryplatform.LA, M+B (Los Angeles, CA); The Edge Effect curated by Akili Tommasino at The Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY). Sung Hwa Kim lives and works in New York City.