Kim Bohie, a painter of figurative art, continues to explore on bringing modernity to Korean painting through her exquisite visual languages that she has developed while researching the traditional styles of Korean and Western paintings. Kim Bohie's canvas, which delicately expresses the beauty and purity of nature closely observed in daily life such as plants, gardens, seas, and surrounding scenery, embracing the composition and perspective of Western painting, it embodies an organic combination of Eastern approaches that emphasize the vividness and harmony.Read More
At early ages, Kim focused on expressing landscapes, human figures and common still life objects in moderated and contemplative gaze by experimenting traditional landscape painting with ink and colored painting techniques. From the early 2000s, she began to establish a pictorial landscape painting called Kim Bohie-style dot painting by combining ink and landscape painting techniques. The landscape from the bird's eye view in composition and the flat interpretation show new attempts to make a new sort of extension in Korean traditional painting. Since Kim moved and settled in Jeju Island, she captures Jeju's nature in an exotic way with green and blue, achieving further transitions in her work. In a recent work, she freely crosses canvas, Korean paper, ink, and acrylic regardless of materials, presenting a series of tropical landscapes and extremely enlarged portraits of seeds and plants.
Kim Bohie lives and works in Jeju, Korea. Kim holds BFA in Korean Painting and MFA in Fine Art at Ewha Womans University. She was a professor and a museum director until 2017, and is now an honorary professor at the same university. Since 1980, She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in Korea and abroad. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in CAN Foundation (2021), Kumho Museum of Art (2020), Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (2015), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art(MMCA), Korea (2014), Museum SAN (2014), Seoul Museum of Art (2007) and Sejong Center (2009). Her work is represented in the collections of MMCA Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, and etc.