Kim Hyunji, aka KIM KIM KIM, is a painter from South Korea, currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
Recognising Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity, Kim’s main subjects are the culturally attuned creatives of her generation, the Millennials. In real life and social media, she observes the impacts of a globalised society - its conveniences, and pitfalls. Her unique style of portraiture is intended to portray the issues this generation is facing.
Her accurate yet expressive style embraces figural distortion to capture the internal reality of her subjects with the outward reality of their postures. Kim is also interested in how social media can be used to create a persona. The internet offers us many tools in how we present our virtual presence to others, making the self-curation of our lives increasingly accessible.
Hyunji’s work investigates the cause and effects of curated self-presentation, and how it may
be empowering, misleading, or influential. She calls to question what may get left behind after careful thought of self-image and is concerned with what may remain hidden or deemed unfit for external projections of character.
In collaboration with her models, Hyunji has created a stunning vignette into the lives of her peers, on canvas, acrylic and paper, beyond the self-curated images projected via social media.
Bachelor of Fine Art & Design, Curtin University, Australia 2014
Mirror Stage, Backwoods Gallery, ViC
Into the Void, Nicholas projects, VIC
So hollow, So pure, Merenda Contemporary, WA
Selected Group Exhibitions
Study of Erotica, Backwoods Gallery, VIC
December New, James Makin Gallery, VIC
Thank you for your time, Nyisztor Studio, WA
STEAL, Linton&Kay, WA
Hi I'm Good, Beyond Gallery, WA
Lightbox, Perth Cultural Centre Screen, WA
CORD fundraiser group show, WA
Signal, Ink Remedy, WA
RYGB, Brand X, NSW
Heathcote Select - Group exhibition, Heathcote Gallery, WA
The Valley of the Night flowers, Linton&Kay, WA
The Ladies Network group exhibition, Ambush gallery, NSW
12 x 12, The stock room, VIC
If You Don't Know, Now You Know, Red Gallery, London