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Kim Jongsook (Korean, b.1968)
LOT ID: 75245
Artificial Landscape: Erinited Emerald, 2011

Mixed Media, with archivally hand-applied SWAROVSKI® crystals.
51.18 х 51.18 in. (130 x 130 cm.)
Inscribed, signed, dated, with title and dimensions in cm, as well as medium, all inscribed on the back of the work.
Lot description
"Artificial Landscape: Erinited Emerald" (2011) is a stunning, unique and conceptually exciting painting by one of the most acclaimed innovate young Contemporary Korean artists working today, female artist Kim Jong-Sook, who has gained international acclaim for her sublime ARTIFICIAL LANDSCAPE series, created with the formal approval and promotion of Swarovski. One of the artist's largest and most complex works from the Series, Kim creates her own version of traditional Korean ink brush landscape paintings here in cropped, close-up scenes of high cliffs and deep valleys. To her painted canvas, she archivally hand-applies thousands of emerald, jade, and aquamarine colored Swarovski crystals, a painstakingly long process, in lines patterns and shapes that enhance the details of the landscape, transforming it into a mystical and visually meditative fantasy-scape. "Artificial Landscape: Erinited Emerald" measures 51.18 x 51.18 inches (130 x 130 cm) is unframed and is in perfect condition.
The artist is influenced not only by her desire to re-interpret traditional Korean ink brush landscape paintings, but also by the work of Contemporary Western artists who also use crystals and decorative materials to their works, such as the Diamond Dust prints of Andy Warhol Russell Young, and Damien Hirst, Hirst's diamond encrusted skull b, the large-scale crystal embellished paintings of Mickalene Thomas and the famous "poured diamond" series of photographs by Vik Muniz, among others.

Kim Jongsook was born and raised in South Korea, and graduated with her BFA, MFA, and a Doctoral Degree in arts from Hongik University, South Korea. Her mixed media paintings have already appeared in numerous solo and group Museum and Gallery exhibitions throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. including the Zaha Museum of Art, Seoul; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China; The Huangcheng Art Museum, Bejing, China; The Saga Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; and WHITE BOX Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S. Her works are held in the permanent collections at the Mogam Museum of Art and The Hoseo National Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist lives and works in South Korea.
Erinited Emerald by Kim Jongsook
  • Erinited Emerald by Kim Jongsook
  • Erinited Emerald by Kim Jongsook
  • Erinited Emerald by Kim Jongsook
  • Erinited Emerald by Kim Jongsook
  • Erinited Emerald by Kim Jongsook
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