As a young emerging Korean artist, her work is full of positive energy, one can easily find a restful or vibrant image surrounded by her works. Meeyoung’s abstract paintings that adapt “wet-on-wet” painting technique that covers the surface with fresh new paints before the previously administered layers are fully dried off. She intuitively captures a moment of sensations and trivial emotions in daily life, feelings of promenade, passing landscapes seen through the window of a train carriage, scent and taste of food, fresh breeze, which awake viewers’ memories and senses.

Meeyoung has been developing her work into “Pictorial Sculpture,” or “Sculptural Painting.” The way she applies thick paint and scrapes it off reveals “sculptural contemplation.” The thick matière sticks out from the edge and surface of canvas brings the space into the painting. Her painting invites three-dimensional space into the two-dimensional flat canvas; viewers can experience the coexistence between the flatness of painting and expanded rhythmical gestures in all directions as they walk along the artwork.

The artist recalls a moment in London, when she was in a graduate program. "At that time, I was struggling with uncertainty of the future and difficult circumstances. I burst into tears and closed eyes for a while. When I opened my eyes, I deliberately started to imagine what scenery I would have liked to see - fruit trees planted in the prosperous soil, fresh water, and people who just harvested those fruits smiling... I suddenly felt happy again, started to paint again right away.”

According to Meeyoung, she thinks that an artwork must deliver a certain impression, intense message, and echo. A painting gets meaningful when it is arresting, that makes viewers to take a moment in front of it.

She applies multiple layers of gesso on the canvas; this allows paints to be settled smoothly and draw grid with pencil and ruler. It is a psychological process for her as a passage, that leads her to enter into a different dimension. As a symbolic act, Meeyoung consider the space where she exists and the world in the painting as a door or window. During this process, she imagines ambiance, brushstroke, and colors which will fill out the canvas and decide brush and color she will use. Finally, she applies oil paint on the canvas following her abstract thoughts and plans.

Meeyoung Kim holds BFA and MFA in Korean Painting in Ewha Womans University, in Seoul. After that, she studied Painting, at the Royal College of Art, in London.  Her academic background can explain why Asian philosophy, technique, and colors are revealed in the process while she works with oil paints. Her works are a part of the collection of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Art Bank, Gwacheon, Korea and The Work Project Global, Singapore.




2014  MA in Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2011  MFA in Korean Painting, Ewha Womans University, Seoul Korea

2008  BFA in Korean Painting, Ewha Womans University, Seoul Korea



2019  Summer Hill, Noblesse Collection, Seoul, Korea

2018  Painted Painting, Gallery Kiche, Seoul, Korea

2017  Wet on Wet, Leehwaik Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016  Sunlight House, l’espace 71, Seoul, Korea

2015  Both Sides Now, Space Chapter Ⅱ, Seoul, Korea

2015  Green Paintings, Sophie’s Tree, New York, U.S.A

2012  Disconnected Connection, Gallery Dos, Seoul, Korea



2020  Accidental Impromptu, Dohing Art, Seoul, Korea

2020  Nunc Fluens, Foundwill Art Society, Seoul, Korea

2019  Dear Plant, Soda Museum, Hwaseong, Korea

2019  Solo Show (COOP) with Artside Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2018  All Over, Hite Collection, Seoul, Korea

2018  Layered/Overlapped, AMC Lab, Seoul, Korea

2017  Intuition, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2017  Nuance, Gallery Kiche, Seoul, Korea

2017  Cocoon 2017, Space K, Gwachoen, Korea

2016  Rules, ONE AND J. GALLERY, Seoul, Korea

2017  Unexpected Salon, HnART, Seoul, Korea

2014  Art Graduate Prize, Herbert Smith Free Hills, London, UK

2014  Mok Space Award, London, UK

2014  SHOW RCA, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2014  Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2013  RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery,  London, UK

2013  PNTG NOVEMBER, Henry Moore Gallery, London, UK

2013  Portes Ouvertes, Cité des Arts, Paris, France

2013  Nomadologies, Open Plan, London, UK

2013  Notes to Self, Dyson Gallery, London, UK

2013  Ears of Time, Shinhan Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012  Memory Politics, Zaha Museum, Seoul, Korea

2011  Kunstdoc Artist Cluster, Kuntdoc, Seoul, Korea

2010  Wonderful Pictures, Ilmin Museum, Seoul, Korea



2016  Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France

2014  Herbert Smith Free Hills Art Graduate Prize Short Listed, London, UK

2014  Mok Space Award Finalist Listed, London, UK

2013  Paris Studio Award Winner, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2013  Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France



National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Art Bank, Gwacheon, Korea

The Work Project Global, Singapore

Restautant Evett, Seoul, Korea

Hana Bank HQ, Seoul, Korea

Sewoong Global, Seoul, Korea

ODE Maison, Seoul, Korea

Daemyung Hotel & Resort, Korea

Roland Cowan Architects, London, UK

Korea Rural Community Corporation, Naju, Korea

Kwangjuyo HQ, Seoul, Korea

Yongwon C,C, Changwon, Korea

Najin Hospital, Daejeon, Korea

selected works

The Painter's Farm(Lemon and Emerald Green)

2021, Oil on Canvas, 91x117cm


Taste of Rose

2021, Oil on Canvas, 72.7 x 60.6 cm


Detail Image


The Painter's Garden

2021, Oil on Canvas, 91x72cm


Installation View


Installation View

THèSE, 2021


Installation View


The Painter's Jungle

2021, Paintings on Ceramics, D16 H42cm


The Painter's Garden (Lemon Yellow)

2021, Paintings on Ceramics, D27 H40cm


The Painter's Garden (Cerulean Blue and Yellow)

2021, Paintings on Ceramics, D16 H42cm


The Painter's Farm (Persian Rose)

2021, Paintings on Ceramics, D22 H39cm


The Painter's Farm (Emerald's Green and Sky Blue)

2021, Paintings on Ceramics, D25 H40cm


Installation View

Synthetic Moment, 2021


Summer Hill

2019, Oil on Canvas, 190x170cm(EA)


Installation View

Synthetic Moment, 2021


The Painter's Farm

2021, Oil on Canvas, 72.7x60.6cm


Installation View

Synthetic Moment, 2021


The Painter's Farm(Lime and Cobalt Blue)

2021, Oil on Canvas, 91x117cm


Installation View

Synthetic Moment, 2021


Silver Breeze

2021, Oil on Canvas, 91x72cm


Installation View


The Painter's Farm (Persian Rose and Emerald Green)

2021, Paintings on Ceramics, D25 H40cm


The Painter's Farm (Vermilion and Emerald Green)

2021, Paintings on Ceramics, D22 H38cm


Lemon and Blue Custard

2021, Paintings on Ceramics, D15 H42cm


discover: journal


THèSE [té:zǝ]

Jan 5, 2022

Synthetic Moment

Jan 5, 2022