ABOUT THE ARTIST
S.H. KIM (born 1992) is a Korean painter. He earned his BFA in Painting and BA in Art Studies from Hongik University, South Korea, and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. He is based in Chicago and Korea.
Kim's works, like Milton Avery and Philip Guston, show simplicity, sincerity, and authenticity. The materials he chooses, such as oil pastels and oil sticks, give viewers a sense of intimacy when they see his paintings. With his paintings, Kim shows how contemporary film and literature with distinct characteristics are reduced to uniform colors when processed through consumer culture. More recently, Kim has started using animations from his childhood as references. With Japanese and American animations from the 1970s to the 2000s, he combines the nostalgia of those days with contemporary paintings for S.H.Kim's latest series.
Image: S.H. KIM, 'I'm not pretending to be somebody else, and you are,' 2022. Oil stick and oil pastel on panel. 20 x 16 x 1 inches (50.8 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and FLXST Contemporary