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Show RCA 2019

Ilkwon Yoon

Show RCA work

Major project:

Black Out

People passing us by on a busy street might give us a grave feeling. Although they are alive and they walk, they do not interact with others and are busy passing them by while finding each other uncomfortable. When a pile of these people builds up, the burden increases and dark feelings become deeper. Even if we do not recall the look or characteristics of strangers, as people accumulate, the density becomes greater, the anxiety increases and the accumulation becomes closer to black.


  • Fast paced life, which is a major characteristic of contemporary society, has some negative aspects. Art can highlight negative aspects of the world to show people a better way to live.

    My practice develops around themes related to negative aspects of fast-paced society. As such, fast lifestyle brings efficiency in terms of development, it is widely accepted by the modern generation. However, I am concerned about the negative impacts of such fast-growing societies and their fast-paced lifestyles, especially with respect to how people constantly move forward without looking back and how we have become insensitive to our past. My art invites the audience to reflect on the way they live and challenges them to reflect on whether this is inevitably the sole solution to life.

    I work extensively with prints. By taking advantage of how unique printmaking processes allow me to work with layers, I create artworks which divide the world into layers based on respective topics. The accumulative effort that results from the printmaking processes echoes with the time element in many of my artworks. I continuously experiment with the possibilities of layering, including overlapping, extinction and placement as ways of expression in my practice.

    Therefore, I look at things which are missed or abandoned by people in the midst of a fast-paced lifestyle, using the possibilities of layering to make people think about the need for a relaxed life.

  • Previous degrees

  • BFA Printmaking, Hongik University, Seoul, 2016
  • Experiences

  • Visiting tutor, Falmouth University, Falmouth, 2019; Printmaking assistant, Hongik University, Seoul, 2014-16
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Vestige of Seeing' (Solo Show), Chiono Reisova Art Gallery, Turin, 2019; Chiara Williams Contemporary Art: Vestiges of Seeing (Solo show), Business Design Centre (2019 London Art Fair), London, 2019; The Moment (Solo show), EK Art Gallery, Seoul, 2017; 'Yoon Ilkwon' Solo Exhibition, Art Space Pop Gallery, Seoul, 2016; 'Fear and Loathing in Hotel California', Topos Projects, London, 2019; 'Eyes of Many Kinds', CGP London, London, 2019; 'National Original Print Exhibition', Bankside Gallery, London, 2018; 'The Solo Award', Cello Factory, London, 2018; WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; EK Art Gallery Artists Show, EK Art Gallery, Seoul, 2016; Art Busan, Busan, Korea, 2016; Affordable Art Fair, DDP, Seoul, 2016; TETSUSON, Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, 2016; Korean Prints Contest, Seoul, 2016; 合, E-Mok Gallery, Seoul, 2016; Osaka Art University International Exhibition, Osaka, 2015; 17th International Biennale of Engraving, Sarcelles, France, 2015; Degree Show of Hong-ik University, Hongik University, Seoul, 2015; ASYAAF, City Hall, Seoul, 2015; Blanc Bleu Hotel Art Fair, Seoul, 2014
  • Publications

  • Orga Gambri, La Repubblica, I ricordi di infanzia diventano suoni imargini, odori, 18 April 2019; Giorgio Bena, Outsiders Webzine, Vestige of Seeing: il valore della memoria nell'opera di Yoon Il Kwon, 26 March 2019; Yoonji Lee, Magazine Artmine, 2019 아트시장의 신호탄 London Art Fair, 19 Feb 2019; Sue Hubbard, Artlyst, London Art Fair 2019 Returns With Solid Foundation, 17 Jan 2019; Mark Westall, Fad Magazine, Top 9 artists to catch upstairs level 1 at London Art Fair 2019, 16 Jan 2019; Square mile, Eight of the best artists to check out at London Art Fair 2019, 14 Jan 2019
  • Awards

  • Solo Award, UK, 2018; Grand Prize, Degree Show of Hongik University Printmaking Department, Korea, 2015
  • Collaborators

  • Dionysis Toumazis; Miten Mistry
Royal College of Art