A waterfall breaks our suddenly from the back of a zebra and the mountain peaks suddenly turns in to horse head… In Nampyo Kim's landscapes,objects and fur coexist inside the surface. The association of diverse images brings out imaginative scenes creating it's own story.
Critic's Note: Nampyo Kim offers a relatively gentle, if not subtle, satirical take on contemporary life and human nature. Consumerist fairy tales for our times, the vividly coloured canvases on a white ground, as in fashion spreads, draw on both Eastern and Western traditions, combining both calligraphic brushstrokes and landscape-as-still-life in the Eastern manner with the gestural abstraction and photorealism of the West. All are still lifes of a sort. With nature never out of the picture the surreal juxtapositions have the crisp directness of advertisements. In Nampyo Kim's fictions, chic shoes and handbags hang suspended from but not attached to tree limbs. They are surrounded by dynamic, stylish beasts bedecked with unnatural trimmings - such as a muscular horse, with artificial fur attached, wearing feather braids. The only connection the objects in these images have with the natural world in which they are situated is that they are the products of it- whether animal or not. The consumer products are high style and anomalous in these works, but they also seem to fit the contexts. Where nature is fragmented, the products are intact. These sad yet playful images, celebrating nature and lamenting its destruction, are filled with charm and absurdity.
Collection: Private collection
Artist's Education: Seoul National University. Seoul, Korea. M.F.A., Painting.
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