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Soonnam LIM (임순남) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


I have been developed my paintings in focusing on the new sense of aesthetics form digital profile images on the internet such as social networks and portal sites. From these superficial -second-hand images, I pay attention to the delicate feelings easily looked over and I try to imagine lack of it. Face is the most private part and has function in nonverbal communication with/alongside words. I pay attention to fragileness, delicacy, privacy, and sensuality of the face. I speedily draw the figures at once not to represent objects realistically but rather in an intuitive interpretation of ways by putting my focus on the expression of the face and subtle gestures of the body.


Jadin Exotique I 2018 Oil on linen 99x99cm



Napping Child 2017 Oil on linen 72.7x60.6cm



The Injured  Man  2017 Oil on linen  90.9x72.7cm



a certain face XXXVII 2016 Oil on linen 45x53cm



A Certain Face I-XXVlll 12 Paintings 2012-2014 Oil on linen Each 31.8x41cm



A Certain Face XllI  2014 Oil on linen 41x31.7cm



A Certain Face Xll  2013 Oil on linen 41x31.7cm



A Certain Face II 2012 Oil on linen 41x31.7cm



Artist Biography


Born 1974 in Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea
Currently lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016‘Narcissistic Generation’, Shakespeare Vacation, Soeul, Korea
2015‘A Certain Face I – XXVIII’, Cafe Four M, Seoul, Korea
2010‘Linguistic form’, KunstDoc Project Space, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018‘All Faces remain in Secret’, Space mm, Seoul, Korea
2017 MOKCHA: SHORTS FROM SPRING AND SUMMER, Boan Inn, Seoul, Korea
2015 Portfolio Exposition ‘THE FIRST’  Seoul Art Foundation, Seoul, Korea
2014 TIME and SPACE; Nonlinear, 976 Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mogolia
2014 Ma Move, Projectspace MO,  Seoul, Korea
2013 Hal Project ‘Collective Diary’ Space Mass, Seoul, Korea
2011 Home & Belongings ‘Home is Women’  House Exhibition, Seoul, Korea
2010 4482[SASAPARI], Bargehouse, Oxo Tower,  London, UK
2009 S I X , The Slade Research Centre, London, UK
2009 Open :09 Studios, Bow Arts Trust, London, UK
2008 Entry Forms, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK
2008 Open :08 Studios, Bow Arts Trust, London, UK
2007 Chelsea Master Degree Show 2007, Chelsea College of Art and Design        
2007‘Never let them see you sweat’ , 3/6 Mafia former, London, UK
2006 East Wind,  Art Space,  Shanghai, China


Awards and Residencies
2015 Award of Portfolio Exposition, Seoul Art Foundation
2014 ARKO Nomadic Residency in Mongolia 2014, Arts Council Korea


Public Collections
2018 Suwon Ipark Museum of Art

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