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Kim Dong Yoo (Korean, b.1965)
LOT ID: 66482
Marilyn Monroe & John F. Kennedy, 2007

Oil, on Canvas
46 х 35.8 in. (116.84 x 90.93 cm.)
Signed, and dated, along right edge.
Lot description
As one of Kim Dong-Yoo's most iconic portrait pairs, 'Marilyn Monroe & John F. Kennedy' is an oil on canvas painting of Marilyn Monroe's famous visage comprised of hundreds of miniature JFK portraits. Meticulously hand painted, each individual JFK is executed in bright red paint set against a white background, allowing for the interplay of tones to create an overall portrait. The sultry Monroe's rumored relationship former president Kennedy was an infamous source of gossip for Americans and provides a cunning work of irony combined with pop culture so often seen in the artist's work.

Kim Dong-Yoo (B. 1965) is most recognized for his obsessive, pixilated images and portraits composed of hundreds of meticulously painted images. A portrait of Albert Einstein may turn out to be composed of tiny painted Marilyn Monroe images, while Audrey Hepburn is composed of Gregory Peck and JFK transforms into Madonna. The artist’ careful choices of juxtaposed personalities speak of irony and media perception. Although they look digital in nature, unlike the screen printed multiples so often used in the Pop Art world, Kim’s images are all painted by hand, only allowing him to complete on average three to five paintings a year. Kim is a full-time instructor in the department of Art Education at Mokwon University, Korea, and has exhibited work internationally with shows at the Saatchi Gallery (London, UK), Seongkok Art Museum (Seoul, Korea), Galerie Von Braunbehrens (Munich Germany) and Hasted Kraeutler Gallery (New York, NY), among others.

Select Public Collections:
Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea)
Kumho Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea)
Busan Metropolitan Museum (Busan, Korea)

작가 김동유의 가장 대표적인 작품 중 하나인 'Marilyn Monroe & John F. Kennedy'는 수천개의 작은 존 F. 케네디 대통령의 초상으로 이루어진 마릴린 먼로의 얼굴이다. 정교하게 표현된 케네디 대통령의 초상은 다양한 톤으로 표현된 붉은색으로 이루어져 전반적인 음영을 완성하고 있다. 마릴린과 케네디의 초상은 작가 김동유가 자주 다루는 소재로 미국 사회에서 가끔씩 회자되는 케네디 대통령과 마릴린의 로맨틱한 관계에 대한 루머에 기인하고 있다.

김동유는 1965년 태생으로, 수천개의 작은 얼굴로 이루어진 초상화 작업으로 유명한 작가이다. 예를 들면 알버트 아인슈타인의 얼굴을 자세히 들여다보면 수천개의 매우 작은 마릴린먼로의 이미지로 이루어져 있거나, 혹은 오드리 햅번의 얼굴은 그레고리 팩의 얼굴로 이루어져 있고, 존 F. 케네디 대통령의 얼굴은 마돈나의 초상으로 이루어져 있음을 알 수 있다. 두 이미지의 선택은 주로 언론에서 모티브를 얻거나 혹은 상호상반되는 두 인물로 구성된다. 시간이 많이 소요되는 작가 김동유의 작업은 모두 수작업으로 이루어져 1년에 3-5개정도의 작품을 제작하고 있는 실정이다. 김동유는 현재 한국의 목원대에서 교수로 재직중이며, 런던의 사치갤러리 및 성곡미술관등 다수의 전시에 참여하였으며, 현재는 뉴욕의 갤러리(Hasted Kraeutler Gallery)에서 개인전을 열고있는 중이다.

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