Born in Hoein, Chungcheong Province in 1945, Kim Hong Joo received both his BA and MFA in painting at Hongik University, Seoul. He received early recognition with his participation in exhibitions such as École de Seoul and Independent in Seoul, and from 1973 to 1977 he was a member of the experimental arts group S.T Group rejecting the prominent styles of the time to explore new avenues in paintings. Exploring photorealism from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, Kim participated in the young artists' exhibition Image 78, and was the recipient of the Grand Prize from the Grand Prix Exhibition of Korean Art in 1978, and the Special Award at the Cagne International Painting Festival in 1980. Since then he has developed his own aesthetic language through fine brushstroke paintings that depict subjects as diverse as landscapes, flowers, and text. Following his 1997 retrospective at Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Kim Hong Joo has been widely celebrated by both art professionals and the general public for both his technical mastery and critical engagement. He was a professor of painting at Mokwon University, Daejeon, from 1981 to 2010, and is now an emeritus professor.Read More
Major retrospectives include Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul (1997); Plateau, Seoul (2005); Arko Art Center, Seoul (2009). He has also participated in a number of exhibitions internationally including Fukuoka Art Museum (1985); Queens Museum, New York (1993); Lille Metropolitan Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (2003); Singapore Art Museum (2008); and three solo exhibitions at Kukje Gallery, Seoul (1999, 2002, 2010). Kim was the recipient of the 6th Lee In-sung Art Award (2005); and the 22nd Lee Joong-seop Art Award (2010). Kim Hong Joo's work has become permanent collections of major museums including Fukuoka Art Museum; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Seoul Museum of Art; Daejeon Museum of Art; and Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul.
Text courtesy Kukje Gallery.
Artist Kim Hong-joo, who uses ultra-fine brushstrokes to depict abstract figures, is holding a solo exhibit at Kukje Gallery in downtown Seoul. At first glance, Kim's works look like random-shaped figures, but when examined closely, the paintings are filled with numerous fine brushstrokes. The exhibit features 12 of his latest works...
Kim Hong Joo's paintings bloom on canvases like flowers. When asked why he paints flowers, his answer is simple: "because flowers," one whose name we cannot know. When he painted one recent lawn, it w