530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Becky Sungja Kim
Collective Exhibition
Agora Gallery
New York,NY
  • WCI 1804   WCI 1804
    Watercolor on Paper
    16" x 20"
    Becky Sungja Kim

  • WCI 1805   WCI 1805
    Watercolor on Paper
    16" x 20"
    Becky Sungja Kim

  • WCI 1806   WCI 1806
    Watercolor on Paper
    16" x 20"
    Becky Sungja Kim

  • WCI 1802   WCI 1802
    Watercolor on Paper
    22" x 30"
    Becky Sungja Kim

  • WCI 1801   WCI 1801
    Watercolor on Paper
    22" x 30"
    Becky Sungja Kim

  • WCI 1803   WCI 1803
    Watercolor on Paper
    22" x 30"
    Becky Sungja Kim

Becky Sungja Kim

BECKY SUNGJA KIM

Collective Exhibition
April 18 – May 8, 2019
Reception: Thursday, April 18, 2019 6-8 PM

Becky Sungja Kim paints dream-like landscapes in a restrained, tonal palette, simplifying forms to create colorful abstractions of the natural world. Her scenes depict lucid dreams and childhood memories with compositions ranging from idyllic pastoral scenes to hazy, fantastical vistas. Stripped to their essentials, Kim’s paintings reveal our emotional ties to landscapes, both real and imagined.

In works such as The Homeland, Field in Virginia, and Greeting Santa Fe, Kim images the splendor of nature with the quick, expressive dabs and strokes typified by plein air painting. Indeed, the artist frequently paints the play of light in the natural world rather than the shapes composing the landscape, imbuing her works with subjectivity. Oil paintings including Cool Breeze and Ginkgo Tree depict a more illusory world in which trees take on an independent character or spirit. Naturalism is eschewed and fantasy is embraced in these simplistic works that imagine the world with playful irreverence. Finally, in her painting Spring Rain, Kim strips all recognizable features from her composition, depicting only the elusive, soaking, enveloping sensation of a downpour.

Becky Kim grew up in South Korea and lives in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C.