Duck-Yong Kim

KIM Duck-Yong is an artist whose style is very much Korean yet international at the same time. Following the tradition of oriental paintings, he uses old wood as his canvas. The resulting works are living objects that convey nature’s warmth. The artist completes the work by placing the picture or object onto or within a cross-shaped frame made with great delicacy; within this process, the artist’s touch closely resembles a tree’s growth rings, which gradually increase over time. Kim’s work involves nameless people who nonetheless may remain deeply within the spectator’s memory. Presented with warm, old-fashioned grace, the people in his pictures are comparable to those we might come across in old photo albums when we reminiscence about our past. The artist’s support, possibly taken from an ancient house or a piece of antique furniture, connotes the passage of time and narrative by its mere existence.