Kwon Kyungyup’s figurative paintings reveal an unassailable world of sensuality, duality and emotional imprisonment. She approaches her figurative paintings in a way in which her subjects are depicted almost as inhuman and immaculate beings, as if the body is merely a storage for deep memories of pain, loss, and trauma. Her paintings represent wounded souls sheltering within bandaged boys and girls. The bandage-covered faces are symbolic of a wound the body remembers: a spiritual, ontological wound that purifies or sublimates emotion. In Kwon’s work tears are positive equipment for delivering emotions. The eyes of the figures are focused on the object that brought the sense of loss. Pearls similarly stand in as tears and as a metaphor for the meaning of emotional purification, curing, and sublimation. These works are exquisite and intimate portraits of human frailty and resilience. – Ella Buzo, Cabinodd Gallery director, 2011

Artist Website: http://kwonkyungyup.com

Current and Previous Works by Kwon Kyung-yup

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  • “Tearful”

    (2014)
    $3,000
    Sold
    Oil on canvas
    16" × 16"
    41 × 41 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / TXL – Curated pop-up show presented by Urban Nation
  • “Reverie”

    (2014)
    $3,200
    Sold
    Oil on canvas
    21" × 18"
    53 × 46 cm

    Show:

    • SCOPE NEW YORK 2014
  • “Shell”

    (Oil on canvas)
    $1,200
    Sold
    2015
    10" × 10"
    25 × 25 cm

    Show:

    • ‘La Familia’ – Thinkspace 10th Anniversary Show
  • “Red Hood”

    (2015)
    $1,900
    Sold
    Oil on canvas
    17.75" × 15"
    45 × 38 cm

    Shows:

    • ‘Invisible College’ at the Fort Wayne Museum Of Art – co-curated exhibition
    • LA Art Show 2015 – ‘Littletopia’
  • “Indigo”

    (2015)
    $3,800
    Sold
    Oil on canvas
    28.5" × 23.75"
    72 × 60 cm

    Show:

    • LA Art Show 2015 – ‘Littletopia’
  • “Primavera”

    (2016)
    $5,500
    Sold
    Oil on canvas
    35.82" × 24.8"
    91 × 63 cm

    Show:

    • Melancholia (Main Room)
  • “Silk Blossom”

    (2015)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Oil on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Shows:

    • Melancholia (Main Room)
    • LAX / LHR – co-curated show with Stolen Space in London, England