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Jinchul Kim (Korean)
LOT ID: 66085
Departure - Honesty, 2012

Oil, on canvas
21.5 х 31.5 х 2 in. (54.61 x 80.01 x 5.08 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right in oil. Also signed, titled and dated on verso and inscribed in black ink marker.
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Jinchul Kim. (Korean)."Departure - Honesty" (2012). Oil on Canvas.
Dimensions: 21 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 inches/(54.6cm x 31.5cm x 5.1 cm)

"Departure - Honesty" is a stunning realist oil portrait painting by Contemporary Korean born and educated artist, Jinchul Kim. Here a young blonde haired young women is depicted as if in momentary deliberation in an empty parking garage. Is she waiting to meet someone or has she been abandoned here on her own? The title heightens this psychological intensity that makes Kim's works more than just a well-painted picture. Kim's stunning portraits tend to focus on a lone figure in a narrative loaded with a sense of foreshadowing and mystery, usually depicting a young woman as protagonist, as seen here.

Kim is internationally famous for his intense realist paintings particularly of young American women who are captured in the midst of a specific yet undisclosed physical and emotional situation. Kim's titles and compositions are subversive and balance the intentionally superficial and precise manner in which he paints, resulting in a sense of voyeurism and desire for the viewer to decipher the situation at hand. Jinchul Kim received both his BFA and MFA in Fine Arts Painting at King Sejong University, Seoul, Korea. He currently lives and works in Washington D.C. USA. His work has been the subject of Museum, Gallery and Fine Art Exhibitions in his native South Korea, Europe and the U.S. and is in top Private and Corporate collections in Asia, Europe and the U.S. The artist presently lives and works in the Washington D.C. region, U.S.
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