Interview with Eok Seon Kim at the Art Paris Art Fair

Paris, 30 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Born in South Korea, Eok Seon Kim is an exceptional artist who combines both his homeland’s philosophy with Western artistic tradition. He started his fine arts studies while living in Paraguay and later continued his education in Spain where he currently lives and works. His creations seen from the Western point of view at the first sight bring to mind Minimalism, Constructivism and Spatialism but there is much more to discover in these subtile objects filled with emotions. Using simple lines and pure, geometrical forms, he created his own form of artistic expression – Essentialism. During the Art Paris Art Fair, Eon Seok Kim is represented by the Wolkonsky Gallery (Stand E3). How did both traditions, Eastern in which you grew up and Western in which you studied and developed your artistic interests influenced you? When I was a kid my father used to tell me to think before I speak because the water once spilled cannot be put back to the glass. I feel I have always held on to that rule; I always think before I create. And of course I was influenced a lot by Buddhism which teaches you patience. But Latin American culture which is so direct, opened, had an impact on me as well. My fascination with this culture started from a Spanish song, I liked the sound of the language so much that I wanted to know what does it mean, so I decided to learn it. From Latin America I came to Spain and I enjoyed very much Andalusia, especially Moorish architecture, the Alhambra, Islamic art where the direct, figurative expression is prohibited, and so Moorish artists found a way to convey emotions through the arabesque, floral and linear motives. From where come your urge to...

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