Esteemed South Korean artist Ilhwa Kim is poised to enchant London’s art enthusiasts with her forthcoming solo exhibition, “Tactile Hands,” at the House of Fine Art (HOFA) Gallery. The showcase, which runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 11, 2023, will spotlight Kim’s pioneering sculptural paintings, a harmonious blend of sculpture and painting that has established her as a frontrunner in the contemporary abstract expressionist art movement.
Kim’s meticulous craftsmanship, epitomized by her hand-dyed Hanji paper artworks, has cultivated a fervent following of collectors and admirers. Her often monumental, one-of-a-kind pieces are forged from tens of thousands of “seed units,” each representing a minuscule universe of straight lines and circles, handcrafted with a diverse array of colors. This painstaking process yields not only visually arresting artworks but also nurtures a profound emotional bond between the artist and each individual universe she manifests.
The imminent exhibition promises to submerge attendees in the detailed nuances of Kim’s distinctive artistry. Pieces such as “Low Altitude Flight,” “Tender Strokes,” and “Atomic Wind” demonstrate the depth and vitality inherent in her sensory maps and living architectures. Each piece, a pulsating ecosystem in its own right, encourages viewers to delve into a rich sensory experience through layered, intertwined, and continually evolving visual narratives.
Since her inaugural exhibition at HOFA in 2017, Kim’s career trajectory has been nothing short of meteoric. Her creations have found homes in prestigious collections globally and have been acquired by museums. A notable highlight in her burgeoning career was the sale of her “Tuner’s Notes” piece, which commanded three times its anticipated price at a PHILLIPS auction in Hong Kong, setting a fresh valuation benchmark and ushering in a new era in her illustrious career.