Min Kim painting

Paintings by Min Kim

Min Kim was born in 1971 in South Korea, the daughter of painter Kevin Kim. From early childhood, she has been drawing and painting, leading her to eventually study at the Jung Ang Fine Art University in South Korea. MIN then worked as an interior designer and illustrator in South Korea.

” I have never been confused about my life as an artist. A moment that has been very special to me occurred during my first travels to Italy in 1992. I met Master works at significant art galleries and the experience I had with them totally transformed my practice. I promised myself I would be a real artist achieved through hard work. I have great admiration for John Singer Sargent and Joseph Zbukvic. They are real masters with the ability to capture beauty from magical brush strokes and tone.

I received my biggest award in 2007 with a second place in the Salon International Award (U.S.A.). I also received finalist placings in the same award from 2008-2012, along with a finalist placing in the 2003 Australian Art Magazine for still life. I have exhibited in Queenstown, in Texas, in Wellington until 2004, and the Bryce Gallery in Christchurch, which I own, is now my main gallery.” – Min Kim

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One of the questions that has faced and continues to face some of the philosophers of the world is ‘What is reality?’ Plato addresses this question in his doctrine, the Theory of Forms. In an attempt to answer this question, he explains what the Forms are and how they affect the way the world is observed. These so-called Forms are the basis of the reality we perceive. The question one must ask him or her self is what are these forms, where do they come from, and how do they affect us as a society.’ A Platonic Form (Idea) is not a thought in someone’s mind but something that exists per se as an immutable part of the structure of reality.’

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