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Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
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Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
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Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Notting Hill
15.04.23 – 13.05.23
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 17

Minyoung KimMischievous Dreamer

Taymour Grahne Projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition by London-based artist Minyoung Kim, opening on April 15 between 5-7pm at the Notting Hill space (1 Lonsdale Road) as part of a joint opening across our 3 spaces.

Minyoung Kim

The Blue Dawn

2022

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

149 x 130 cm. / 59 x 51 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Perspectives

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

140 x 119 cm. / 55 x 47 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Pea-ow

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

92 x 99 cm. / 36 x 39 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Poached Pear

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

34 x 34 cm. / 13.5 x 13.5 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Sharp Reflections

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

170 x 183 cm. / 67 x 72 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Steamed Lobster

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

92 x 88 cm. / 36 x 34 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Banana Split

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

99 x 92 cm. / 39 x 36 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Broken Vase

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

92 x 95 cm. / 36 x 37.5 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Reflective Opportunities

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

70 x 66 cm. / 27.6 x 26 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Cat Litter

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

47 x 40 cm. / 18.5 x 15.7 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Desert Tree

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

50 x 50 cm. / 19.7 x 19.7 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Wind Blows Me Away

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

51 x 68 cm. / 20 x 27 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Sole Wave

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

52 x 52 cm. / 20.5 x 20.5 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Brooding Volcano

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

50 x 50 cm. / 20 x 20 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Two Moons

2023

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas

50 x 67 cm. / 19.6 x 26.4 in.

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Minyoung Kim

A Dreamer

2022

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Black Pond

2022

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Cat - erpillar

2022

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Growing Shadow

2022

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

The Hole

2022

Pencil on paper (framed)

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Wavy Ocean

2022

Pencil on paper (framed)

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Winter Sleep

2022

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Being a Catterfly

2023

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Early Dinner

2023

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Garden Invader

2023

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Moon Mirror

2023

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Portrait

2023

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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Minyoung Kim

Tree Hole

2023

Pencil on paper

30 x 30 cm. / 11.8 x 11.8 in.

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One of Minyoung Kim’s greatest strengths lies in her ability to craft narratives – painting unique stories that unfold over time. In each painting, Kim plays with a myriad of recurring emblems and motifs that explore the uncertainty of emotional experience and draw the viewer in to a world of playful possibility.

We are confronted with inanimate objects humanised with inquisitive eyes and fruits illustrated with cartoon faces. These interventions explore ideas around the surreal and uncanny – themes that underline Kim’s larger practice. Cats feature throughout the works and are often used to subvert or accelerate dangerous, precarious situations whether it is a cat valiantly holding on to a palm tree in a storm, or haunting feline eyes reflecting on a sharp knife’s edge. The cats tap into something very human in us, our anxieties, fears and hopes. By placing them in a fictious world, Kim suggests there are real-life consequences.

In this latest series of works, there is a large furry creature that at first glance can be understood as a cat. Yet with further investigation, we see thick, sharp claws and a shaggy coat – characteristics more akin to a prehistoric mammal. In this creature, Kim takes her role as a storyteller further, creating a bold animal that towers over the land. Where the cat might be seen as a cerebral observer, this extraverted and enormously scaled creature takes centre stage boundlessly exploring the landscape. With these works painted from the vantage point of the character – we the viewer are further drawn into the narrative.

Food plays an important role in many of the paintings. In particular, Kim examines the preparations and rituals surrounding around a meal. The artist interjects these moments and underscores them with a quiet horror such as a lobster surviving a boiling bath, or a knife held by an invisible force. Whether it is food, pets or flowers, there is an exploration of objects and ideas that are traditionally employed to provide comfort. Kim highlights an ambivalence towards these comforting balms and suggests there is a level of catastrophe inherent in most things. She also considers an astute proposition – that without risk, comes no reward, and that would result in an exceedingly tame affair.

Minyoung Kim was born in Seoul in 1989, and lives and works in London. Graduating from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2021, Kim also holds an MFA in printmaking and a BA in Western Painting from Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea. Previous solo exhibitions include at Taymour Grahne Projects (london) Aout Gallery (Beirut), Place Mak (Seoul), Seogyo Art Space (Seoul), and various other Seoul-based spaces. Recent group exhibitions include at The National Taiwan Arts Education Centre (Taipei), Artime Art Centre (China) and Fortnight Institute (NY).