Jung Hyen Kim has been working with ink and paper more than three decades in Korea and China. Kim has been focusing on visualizing things that cannot be seen. As an artist, it is very natural for him to observe his surroundings. He took notice of wrapping papers in his painting studio and used them instead of brushes. A painting (artwork) is what stands between artist and viewers. Similary, a brush has always been in between the artist and a painting. Kim went beyond his boundaries and used wrapping paper.
The Great Vision
It's not only black ink markings on white rice paper, but also a vast array of landscape. Each different brush stroke results in many surfaces showing a symphony of colors. As black ink stains the surface, the black ink standing the surface is a expression of Junghyen Kim himself. Many would assume that Kim's painting is just a mundane landscape but the atmosphere that painting holds draws the viewers into the paintings. As viewers gaze, the paintings give illusion of movements and it all comes down to energy that the artist holds. It's existentialism itself. The paintings show movements of spirits that is in Kim's mind.
Junghyen Kim is an ink wash painter. His background in film art has enriched him to paint modernized traditional ink wash painting. After many years of creative practices, he has made outstanding achievements. His works won many awards not only in Korea but also in other countries, such as the work of "Sea" won the top award of the international exhibition held by Harrison Art Association in 2010. He published many personal albums and held personal and joint exhibitions in the world more than 50 times from 1984 to present.