Korean Artist Project: Kang, Hyung Koo is one of 21 outstanding artists selected by the Korean Artist Project. The Korean Artist Project is a global online website which aims to promote Korean contemporary artists hosted by the Ministy of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea and organized by the Korean Art Museum Association. KAP has launched with a three-year plan spanning from 2011 to 2013. At the first step in 2011, art professionals and critics selected 21 artists, and curators from 13 private art museums organized their virtual solo exhibitions. KAP would love to introduce a diverse spectrum of Korean contemporary art to the global audience. Through these efforts, KAP will play a significant role in the promotion and development of Korean contemporary art. Also, the KAP will become a useful platform, which will serve as a stepping-stone to create cultural exchange and global networks with diverse art people. Please visit www.koreanartistproject.com
Critic's Note: Hyung Koo Kang is known for his work painstakingly detailing famous faces in history such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Andy Warhol. Upon Kang’s canvases, which are composed of immense images of the subjects’ faces alone, the most notable feature of the subjects’ faces is the prominence of their eyes, pregnant with implications of their lives. The subjects’ vibrant eyes are captured only through the artist’s final, powerful finishing brush strokes, depicting not merely the “look” in the subjects’ eyes, but drawing upon their noses, mouths, hair and even the surrounding facial muscles—all closely connected—to tell a more complete story.
Through Kang’s unique style of illustration, new characters are born from familiar icons deeply imprinted on our minds, as most are figures we have seen through celebrated paintings and pictures. Kang bestows life to his subjects’ every single strand of hair, their eyebrows—each line of their wrinkles—so that they appear to be living, breathing individuals, so lifelike one would guess they had blood flowing through their veins. The vivid, dedicated depiction of each facial element leads the viewer to feel as though Kang has long been in close relation with his subjects.
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Artist's Education: Chungang University. Seoul, Korea. B.F.A., Painting.