KIM Young-Hun has gained international acclaim in esteemed art scenes in the United States, France, Germany, and Hong Kong. Since receiving the Grand Prize at the 1995 JoongAng Fine Arts Prize, he consistently surpasses expectations. Over the past five years, he has introduced a distinctive painting style, pushing the boundaries of Korean art. KIM Young-Hun delves into the underlying vibrations and rhythms shaping the creation of matter, the dynamics of nature, and the birth and extinction of life. Through the juxtaposition of opposing colors, he disrupts established forms and structures. Simultaneously revitalizing the fractured canvas with rhythm, he reveals the exquisite potential of ‘painterly painting’. The series Electronic Nostalgia takes inspiration from the noise that emerged on TV or monitors. Within the realm of art, the world's noise transforms into a subtle innovation, giving birth to new substances through collisions. The universe unfolds as a continuous series of dynamic events. Life, in its dialectical nature, strives to overcome the contradiction between order and chaos. Pure order yields emptiness, while unbridled chaos leads to engulfing madness. The taut tension between these two elements orchestrates the dance of our lives. KIM Young-Hun’s paintings are rhythms that penetrate the core of this tension. Hakgojae Gallery aims to invite the audience into the progressive and dynamic world of contemporary painting.
Kim Young-hun was born in Nonsan in 1964. After graduating from Hongik University, he earned a master's degree in painting at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London. He held solo exhibitions at the Seongkok Art Museum (Seoul), Zaha Museum (Seoul), Space K (Daegu), Gallery Richards (Paris, France & New York, US), Espace Icare (Issy-les-Moulineaux, France), and Soluna Fine Art (Hong Kong). Major group exhibitions include "Eui-geum-sang-gyeong" (Hakgojae, Seoul, 2023), "Ways of Seeing" (JARILAGER Gallery, Cologne, Germany, 2022), "Masterpieces" (Galerie Richard, Paris, France, 2021), "Neo-Sansu" (Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, 2014), and "the Secret" (Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju; Busan Museum of Art, Busan; Arco Art Center, Seoul, 2012). He received the Haindoo Fine Art Award in 2020 and the Grand Prize at the JoongAng Fine Arts Prize in 1995. His works are collected by major Korean institutions such as the Leeum Museum of Art (Seoul), Zaha Museum (Seoul), Sungkok Art Museum (Seoul), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Gwacheon (Gwacheon), and the Government Art Bank (Gwacheon).