Muriel Guépin Gallery, New York

Muriel Guépin Gallery

83 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002, USA



Yongjae Kim is a young promising emerging painter from South Korea who graduated from Pratt Institute, New York, in 2014. He was recently granted a residency at the prestigious Elizabeth Art Foundation in New York City and now resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. 

Kim’s recent hyper realistic oil paintings depict early morning or late night in Brooklyn, New York, when the streets are vacant and still. His miniature paintings of to day-to-day objects or the presence of electric lights appearing through windows in his urban landscape paintings are the only tangible signs of human existence. 

Kim applies paint like pixels, removing the human mark and making it look almost indistinguishable from a photo. No brush strokes can be seen, and there is no gestural movement within his pieces as he uses a tiny brush to carefully apply paint. Painting in itself is a highly human, and emotional form of art, and the juxtaposition of this historical form and Kim’s hyperrealism and control are somehow unsettling. But what arose is a formidable sense of solitude, loneliness, desolation and melancholy, somehow echoing Edward Hooper's paintings.

Yongjae Kim, Holiday, 2016, Oil on linen, 24 x 20 in
Yongjae Kim, Corner of Melancholy, 2014, Oil on linen, 32 x 32 in
Yongjae Kim, Untitled, 2016, Oil on linen, 10 x 10 in