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Contemporary painter Kim Young-Ik’s latest solo exhibition continues the artist’s ongoing investigation into abstraction and the legacy of Modernism, especially as it relates to the Dansaekha and Minjung Korean art movements. His latest Polka Dot series approaches a formally rigorous approach to aesthetic and rhythmic concerns through a variety of paintings created over the past year. With a career spanning over 40 years, this show serves as a reaffirmation of Young-Ik’s influence and importance in his home country of South Korea, and beyond.

His current eponymous solo show is on view at Kukje Gallery in Seoul through December 30, 2016.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
It was a December night in 1967. I was in my second year as a Forestry major at the College of Agriculture in Seoul National University, when I suddenly became arrested by an ambition to become an artist. I quit school the next day and prepared for the arts school admission process. I entered the College of Fine Arts at Hongik University the following year, in 1968. This is how I began the new chapter of my life as an artist.