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The artist, Kim Jong Sook follows the Korean tradition of depicting pristine ink brush landscape paintings. She manages to contemporize a age-old tradition, by embellishing the scene with shimmering crystals in her “Artificial Landscapes” series. The works depict mesmerising panoramic landscapes – soaring cliffs and sudden valleys, neatly sheltering trees and flora within their sharp crevices. The studded Swarovski crystals in all their resplendent glory pepper the canvas. The crystals catch the light and sparkle profusely, making the landscape appear fantastical – a sparkling dreamscape. The artiist transfers the image onto the silkscreen and converts it using various different materials and techniques. She incorporates powdered crystalline pigments, transparent silicone, and Crystal Moonlight and Sapphire Satin crystals. Every crystal in the painting is meticulously hand-applied, giving the work an added dimension. The works acquire a bas-relief effect on account of the crystals studded on the screen-printed image. Each work is a labour of love, a painstaking effort created over a long period of time. Kim’s paintings hold more than just an aesthetic value. Staying true to the tenets of Korean art, her paintings are suffused with layers of psychological meaning and subtle reverence to the rich art historical tradition of the East. Furthermore, her work comments on the traditions of the past and assesses the present; providing a sharp juxtaposition between long-established Korean customs and the modernized consumerist culture prevalent in Korean society.


Ph.D   Department of Painting, Hongik University, Korea

M.F.A     Department of Painting, Hongik University, Korea

B.F.A  Department of Painting, Hongik University, Korea



2017   山水 of The Light (Gallery Joeun, Seoul, Korea)

2016   SPARKLING FOREVER Kim, Jong Sook (Superior Gallery Seoul, Seoul, Korea)

2016   Spectacle Crystal (The Trinity & Metro Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2016   Artificial Landscape (Gallery Rae, Busan, Korea)

2015   Artificial Landscape (Shinhan Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2014   The Brilliant Day (Avenuel Art Hall, Seoul, Korea)

2013   Artificial Landscape (Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2012   Artificial Landscape (Gail Art Museum, Gapyung, Korea)

2011   Artificial Landscape (Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2009   Artificial Landscape (Noam Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2008   Artificial Landscape (Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland)

2007   Crystallized-from Painting to Drawing (Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea)

2006   Crystal Nostalgia (CJ Art Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA)



2017   Asia Week New York 2017 (Kang Contemporary, Manhattan, NY, USA)

2017   Korean Art: Now and Then (Kang Contemporary, Manhattan, NY, USA)

2016   Color-ing (Gallery Grimson, Seoul, Korea)

2015   Walking with Art (Hoseo University Museum, Asan, Korea)

2015   The Present (Goyang Oulim Nuri Art Center, Goyang, Korea)

2015   Representation of Representation, Interpretation of Interpretation (Gallery Now, Seoul, Korea)

2015   Affordable New York 2015 (Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY, USA)

2014   Art and Ideals (Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul, Korea)

2014   Method of Landscape (Epoque Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2014   Goyang Artist 365 (Aramnuri Museum, Goyang, Korea)

2013   100 Korean Contemporary Artists (Setec, Seoul, Korea)

2013   Korean Stance (Gainey Gallery, Michigan, US, USA)

2013   Avec, Art, Accompagne in Fukuoka (Kurosaki Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan)

2013   Harbingers of Spring (BrynAthyn University Fine Art Building, Philadelphia, Penn, USA)

2013   CIGE 2013 – Beijing Art Fair (Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing, China)

2012   Busan International Art Fair Special Exhibition (Bexco, Busan, Korea)

2012   AP21 (Binhai Uiversity Museum, Qingdao, China)

2012   San-su-yu-ram (Gallery H, Daegu, Korea)

2012   Museum Outing-into The Contemporary Art (Anyang Pavilion, Anyang, Korea)

2011   Gyemjae Today to Revive (Gyemjae Memorial Museum, Seoul, Korea)

2011   Thrifty Aesthetics – Aperto (Ga-il Museum, Gapyeong, Korea)

2011   Desired Place (LeeSeoul Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2011   House & Picture (Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2010   Saek-Si-Man-Bal (FEIZI Gallery, Shanghai, China)

2010   The more, the better (Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2009   The Circular Exhibition (HUN Gallery, Seoul, Korea / Gallery Ho, New York, NY, USA / Gallery Artodrome, Berlin, Germany)

2009   Beijing 798 (Gallery-Space DA, Beijing, China)

2009   Landscape & Still – Life (The K Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2008   The Special Exhibition of Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea)

2008   Europ’ Art Korea Special Exhibition (Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Swiss)

2007   Encore Alaska (International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Alaska, US, USA)

2007   Diversity in Form & Thought (Doland Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China)

2006   Diversity in Form & Thought (Art Gallery of Imperial City, Beijing, China)

2005   Contemporary Project in NewYork (CPS Gallery, New York, NY, USA)

2005   Korean-American Artist Group Exhibition (Cheltenham Art Center, Philadelphia, Penn, USA)