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Sung-Kook Kim

MA work


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Painting, 2018

  • I express relationships between individuals, individuals and society, and societies as a whole. I find these relationships difficult to comprehend, yet compelling. My works are symbolic visualizations of social relationships, feelings, and my perspectives of these experiences, like a pictorial record. They are the process of analyzing and understanding relationships in my surroundings. Furthermore, they are also devices to capture moments of everyday life which I believe are too meaningful to let pass by.

    The themes come from my interpersonal problems. I have always wanted to be social and to get along with people, though it has always been difficult for me. Social psychologist David Myers said that proper self-disclosure (the extent to which one person reveals himself to another through communication) is necessary for maintaining good relationships with others. In that respect, knowing one's self accurately is important, but it’s something I still have not figured out. Therefore, I appropriate well-known images and concepts that exist in society and compose them with my surroundings onto a canvas. This is a reflective act and a way for me to see myself, as if looking in a mirror.

  • Degrees

  • MFA Painting, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, 2012; BFA Painting, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, 2009
  • Experience

  • 2015Exhibition Curator, Flower House, LVS Project, Seoul 2013-14Lecturer, Creative Education Program Related to the Exhibition, Connection_Development, The Seoul Branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
  • Exhibitions

  • Solo Exhibitions; Over and Over, Gallery Mano, Seoul, 2016; Hiatus, LVS Gallery, Seoul, 2014; The Age of Taboo, Salon de H, Seoul, 2013; Pasting the Past, LVS Gallery, Seoul, 2010; Group Exhibitions; Thumbnails, Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; Pyeongchang Culture Olympiad ALL CONNECTED, Olympic Park, Seoul, 2017 2018; #33 Annual Open Preview, CGP London Gallery, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • 2017 Commended for the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award 2017, Mall Galleries, London 2017 Shortlisted for the Ashurst Artist Prize, Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2017, London 2016 Winner of the Winsor & Newton Award, Colart, London