Kim Hyunji’s Stirring, Textured Portraits

by Andy SmithPosted on

South Korea-raised, Melbourne-based artist Kim Hyunji (also known as Kim Kim Kim) crafts stirring oil portraits that experiment with texture and movement. The artist has said that unlike photographs, “painting no longer relies on flatness; instead it has branched out in the expanded field where I see paint as a sculptural material to add physicality to my portraits.”

A statement talks about the demographics she often features. “Her works are mainly centered on depicting the portraits of individuals within her generation- early twenties,” a statement says. “The works are an attempt to understand the possible anxieties faced by these individuals, living in a first world demographic. By using painting, Kim aims to engage the audience in a realization of how our perception of portraiture has been affected by photography.”

See more of her recent work below.

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