25.5 in X 18.5 in
rice paper, oriental colors, and oriental black ink
Jongkook Kim was born and grew up in Korea, and immigrated to Canada with his wife for a new adventure in 1993. Prior to the immigration, he served as an artist in the army headquarters for two years out of the three years military service which was mandatory to healthy Korean men at the time. Following the army, he participated in the numerous art contests including the national grand art competition and acquired many awards. In the country he was gradually recognized as a young artist who diligently worked hard to establish his painting career and simultaneously obtained a degree in Korean Art Painting.
In Canada, Jongkook had an invitational solo exhibition in Burnaby Art Council in 1995. On the other hand, he found an employment as a sushi maker in Japanese restaurants while engaging in his art work and participating in local art contests and group shows. Since 2013, he has been actively involved in local art network.
Language and cultural difference have been a great challenge but also given him another opportunity to learn and grow in many ways. His specialty is to paint nature and landscapes on paper by using brush and oriental colors. In general, nature is his motivation and inspiration. Over the time his view on life and the world has changed. He realizes that connecting with people through art is important. He also would like to use his art as a mechanism to bring them together and contribute to expanding and enriching their lives.