Kim Man Su Exhibition, Jeju, South Korea
A new exhibition celebrating Kim’s work begins on Jeju
Story and photo by Jose Diaz
Kim Man Su is considered a Korean artist and a bohemian.
During one of my multiple trips to Seoul, I had the opportunity to meet the artist and establish a good friendship with him. Kim is usually found travelling between Seoul and Jeju.
The artist’s work has been influenced by many different factors. His own life and spiritual beliefs, as well as by historical events that have marked the people of Korea—war, oppression, pain, literature, poetry, and art.
Kim often uses white porcelain and the phoenix-like bird to transmit a message. On his canvases the artist shares some of his inner peace when he contemplates his art.
Porcelain and pheonix | Credit: Jose Diaz
His first artistic steps came during the Cubism era of the 1970s. Having experienced hardship and disappointment he would emerge inquisitively and thirsty for the history of the Chosun Dynasty. Kim nourished his spirit and simultaneously found the motivation that shaped his personal artistic style- hues of red, white, blue, and black.
The artist’s canvases hang in different galleries at both a national and an international level. In Munich, Zurich, Paris, Shanghai, Los Angeles, and New York.
Kim always keeps a special and great admiration for the European artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Marc Chagall. When I asked him, why he had not emigrated to Europe like other well know Korean artists, he responded by saying that he had never such desires. Because he always felt good in Korea surrounded by the landscape, his own history, his family and friends.
One of the last desires of Kim, is to find a little time to conclude the construction of a museum on Jeju.
* Gallery International Mountmartre is starting an exhibition of ten Kim Man Su oil paintings from December 3rd.