What plants outside their summer retreat reflected back the faint light of a rainy June night to Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron as they read aloud Fantasmagoriana? These quiet, lush forms have turned up, revealing themselves slowly from the darkness, emerging from the oil paintings of the contemporary Parisian painter In-Hyung Kim.
Perhaps the stalks and blooms of the verdure in Kim’s green-hued Untitled, 2000 have names, but more likely they inhabit the realm of the nameless. What could very well be found in any number of gardens or woods is transformed from the quotidian to a time and place we may have inhabited only in dreams. In some of these recent paintings anatomies of leaves and flowers are clearly articulated, in others the forms verge on the spectral.
In-Hyung Kim has called Paris home for decades and shown her work throughout the world. Her interest in hue, line and form as well as atmospheric imagery animated by figuration have led the artist through varied series of paintings. Her work at times veers towards abstraction and at others approaches a particular mediated realism. These recent paintings provide a mature amalgamation of Kim’s previous concerns and their suggestions of the romantic, and even the super-natural, draw the viewer in deep without ever hinting at the secret of the attraction.
Kim was educated at L’Academie Grande Chaumiere Charpentier, L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, and L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in Europe and Asia. In 1994, API brought the work of In-Hyung Kim to New York City for her first exhibition in the United States.
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