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Kim Dong Yoo
Portraits Within a Portrait

Oil on Canvas - Pop Art

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A master of visual play, artist Kim Dong Yoo ingeniously captures the elusive larger-than-life presence of his childhood heroes with mind-boggling intricacy, encasing their memory in an aesthetic homage. Prodigious works of both embellishment and painstaking detail, his visually striking portraits are created through a base of countless miniature portraits-each and every one hand painted by the artist himself; defying all common conceptions of digitalization with its manually created intricacies and creating perceptual depth with its choice of selection of both detailed and overarching portraits. In a witty play on the relationships, gossip and scandals that so define celebrities, Kim carefully selects pairings of iconic stars and encourages the viewer to draw on their history and explore what connects their placement together- effectively immortalizing what was once their lives. The perspective of both image within an image as well as the popular culture references probes the viewer to delve into the elements of these works and immerse themselves in the spectrum of subjectivity that surrounds both visual and mental intrigue incited by these works.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Born in 1965, Korean artist Kim Dong Yoo graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and subsequently pursued his Masters in Fine Arts in Painting in 1990 from the Mokwon University. Highly acclaimed and an established name in Asian Art, the artist has had several gallery and museum exhibitions and many works sold at prestigious auctions, including 'Mao vs. Monroe' at Sotheby's London 'Contemporary Art Day Auction' in 2008. His works are collected by various museums across Korea including the Hoam Museum, Kumho Museum of Art, Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, and the Busan Metropolitan Art Museum. 
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  • +Exhibitions

    Solo Exhibitions

    2012 
    Hasted Kraeutler (New York, NY, USA)

    2010 
    Gallery Baton(Seoul)
    Sungkok Art Museum (Seoul)

    2009 
    Severance Art Space (Seoul)
    LEEHWAIK GALLERY (Seoul)

    2008 
    Galerie Von Braunbehrens (Munich, Germany)

    2007 
    Savina Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul)

    2005 
    Art park Gallery (Seoul)

    2004 
    Lotte Gallery (Daejeon)

    2001 
    Space MOM (Cheongju)

    1999 
    Kumho Museum of Art (Seoul)



    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2012 
    The Queen: Art & Image (National Museum, Wales / National Portrait Gallery, London)

    2011 
    Roundabout: Face to Face (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel)
    The Queen: Art & Image (Royal Academy, Edinburgh / Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland)
    38°N SNOW SOUTH : KOREAN CONTEMPORARY ART (Galleri Charlotte Lund, Sweden)
    Art stage Singapore (Singapore)

    2010 
    KOREAN EYE (London / Singapore)
    From seeing to discovering (I gong Gallery, Daejeon)
    Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
    Asian Contemporary Art & Chinese 20th century Art (Convention center, Hong Kong) 
    Multi Efect (Gallery IHN, Seoul)
    SEOUL OPEN ART FAIR (Coex, Seoul)
    Art DUBAI (Dubai)
    SCOPE New York (Lincoln Center, New York)
    KOREAN art show (La.venue, New York)
    Asia Top gallery hotel art fair (Hong Kong)
    In the Midst of the Korean Contemporary Art (GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul)

    2009 
    Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
    The Mustache of the Mona Lisa (Sangrok Exhibition Hall, Gwangju)
    Comment about Paintings (Wooyeon Gallery, Daejeon)
    Art Singapore (Suntec, Singapore)
    KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
    From seeing to discovering (I gong Gallery, Daejeon)
    Art & Play - Art in Superstar (Seoul Arts Center, Seoul)
    Exhibition of 10 years Ceremony for I gong Gallery (I gong Gallery, Daejeon)
    From YEONHUI-DONG (Yeonhuidong Project, Seoul)
    Unexpected Exhibition (D.art Gallery, Daejeon)
    Small is beautiful (LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul)

    2008 
    Asian Art in London Mayfair (London)
    Postwar Contemporary Art
    Art Singapore (Suntec, Singapore)
    Asia Top gallery hotel art fair (Tokyo)
    30 Jahre Galerie von Braunbehrens (Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich)
    KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
    First Steps - New Art From Korea (Art Seasons, Singapore / Beijing)

    2007 
    Bridge Artfair (Miami/London)
    Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
    Asian Contemporary Art fair (New york)
    Paintings speech (Wooyeon Gallery, Daejeon)
    Exhibition of Famous Painter (Kongju National Universty, Konju)
    Asian Art in London Mayfair (London)
    Art Singapore (Suntec, Singapore)
    Art Taipei (Taipei show, Taipei)
    KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
    Beijing Art Fair (China world trade center, Beijing)
    Usual and Art (Lotte Gallery, Daejeon)
    Small is beautiful (LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul)
    2006 
    Art Singapore (Suntec, Singapore)
    Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
    Sign & Image (Ian Gallery, Daejeon)
    KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
    Best collections (LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul)
    To go a way (I gong Gallery, Daejeon)

    2005 
    Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
    Paintings speech (Owon Gallery, Daejeon)
    Daejeon Art Festival (Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon)
    KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
    Exhibition of 15 years Ceremony for Kumho Museum of Art (Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul)


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