Grace Eunshin Kim 

Born in Seoul, South Korea.

Lived and worked in the USA, Korea, and Canada.

Currently making art in Toronto.

I have always been drawn to the divine images of the late 13th to late 15th century European Renaissance artists like Giotto, Fra Angelico and Piero della Francesca. The most attractive quality in their paintings to me is certain awkwardness. Such awkward body language usually seems to come out of inner human conflicts.

 

Despite being alert to the immediacy of everyday living and earthly desire, the saints and ordinary people depicted in those paintings forever hungered for eternal life and faith. The tension and conflict between who we are and what we aspire to be constantly generates a feeling of discomfort which I can strongly relate to. 

My figures are static, often exist in solemn contemplation. The images are strange, never tranquil or pretty. They are in an imagined time and place; clothed and equipped with possessions suggesting the kind of activities and predicaments they inhabit. They encapsulate the moment before action begins, making that moment last as long as possible using my personal visual vocabulary. 

 

The state of prolonged thought and hesitancy while undertaking any course of action stems from inner conflict and the anxiety of being ill defined. In that sense, most of my works are images of St. Augustine’s notorious prayer: “Lord, make me pure, but not yet!” 

Education 

2017

Master in Education in Art Education, The University of British Columbia, CANADA

2006

MFA in Painting, The University of New Hampshire, NH, USA

2005

Summer Study Abroad, The University of New Hampshire, Ascoli Piceno, Italy

2004

BA in Fine Art, The University of Virginia, VA, USA

Certifications/Fellowships/Grants

2016/17

Graduate Scholarship, The University of British Columbia, Canada

2014

Artist Grant, HalongBay International Artist Residency, Vietnam

2013

Artist Partial Grant, Vermont Studio Center, VT, USA

Exhibitions 

Solo

2013

Vermont Studio Center, USA

Group

2018

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

2017

Queenwest Art Crawl, Toronto, Canada

2017

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

2014

2008

Group Exhibition, GwangNinh Museum, Halong Bay, Vietnam

Group Exhibition, New York Studio School, NYC, USA

2007

The Teeny Tiny Art Show, Three Graces Fine Art Gallery, NH, USA

2007

The fifth Annual Arches Student Print Show, Boston University, USA

2006

2006

Faculty Art Show, New Hampshire Institute of Arts, NH, USA

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Paul Creative Art Centre, NH, USA

Career History

01.2016 to 04.2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia

01.2015 to 04.2015

Fine Art Faculty, Semester at Sea, University of Virginia

02.2014 to 06.2014

Participant in Artist Residency, Halong Bay, Vietnam & Beijing, China

09.2006 – 05.2007

Adjunct Faculty in Foundation, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester NH, USA

01.2006 – 05.2006

Graduate Adjunct Faculty University of New Hampshire, NH, USA

 © 2018 by Grace Eunshin Kim

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