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Kisung Koh

Korea, Republic Of 1985


Kisung Koh
Kisung Koh
Korea, Republic Of
June 5, 2017
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Kisung Koh uses his art as a means to opening gateways into nature’s spiritual dimensions, exploring the intimate connections he has formulated with wildlife during his lifetime. Over the course of years, this South Korean has had the honor of coming in close contact with many wild animals within their natural habitats and has become aware of these incredibly strong energies. Drawing heavily on the memories and dreams provided by these sheer awe-inspiring spectacles, Koh pays tribute to the wild wonders he saw by creating imagery that is suggestive of the metaphysical energies and bonds which can exist between two living creatures, even when interacting from a distance.

Kisung Koh - Momo
Kisung Koh – Momo

His Artistic Beginnings

Kisung Koh was born during the year of 1985, in South Korea. He lived in his home country until 2006 when his entire family moved to Toronto, Canada. Based in a new nation with an entirely new culture, Kisung Koh needed some time to adjust. He eventually received a BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College, ON, Canada, receiving these honors in the year of 2012. Since then, he has been developing his technical skill and establishing a reputation within the art community of Canada. From the moment he became a professional artist, Koh has exhibited his art around the world and has become a much sought after name within the international scene. From day one, he has been finding inspiration in animals and natures, fascinated by their grace and harmony.

Kisung Koh - With You ------ Polar Treasure
Kisung Koh – With You / Polar Treasure

The Wonders of Nature

Kisung Koh became noticed by art pundits thanks to his dreamy and imaginative places that featured animals, packed with mysterious spirits that make the depicted creatures seem safe. Such a practice culminated over time and is a result of a deep fascination with nature that followed this illustrator his whole life: There is nothing more beautiful than when you actually see a wild animal in nature. However, we rarely see them from where they are supposed to be and just don’t know how amazing they are to be alive. Exploring the spiritual potential of the wild and its stoic inhabitants, Koh draws comparable connections between the animal and human plights.

The art of Kisung Koh can be interpreted as a doorway into the spirit realm of nature that explores the intimate connections humans are able to have with animals

Kisung Koh - Polar Treasure
Kisung Koh – Polar Treasure

How Kisung Koh Reminds Us of What Truly Matters

Through his captivating and magical art, Koh captures the essence and the beauty of the natural world, reminding us that our relationships with it are often more precious and rewarding than we sometimes take the time to remember. This is a highly valuable lesson that needs to be heard as far and wide as possible – in the settings of the modern world, human beings often forget that we need to co-exist with other living beings and that we have a deeply rooted bond with the natural world. Koh reminds us about that fact and contributes to the struggle of preserving nature, making us re-discover all of its magic and beauties.

This artist is represented by Thinkspace Gallery.

Kisung Koh lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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All images courtesy of Thinkspace Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Kisung KohThinkspace Gallery, CA, USASolo
2016The way of lifeProject Gallery Toronto, Toronto, ON, CanadaSolo
2016SCOPE MiamiThinkspace Gallery, CA, USAGroup
2016Corey Helford Gallery's 10th year anniversary show Corey Helford Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2016Exploring The New Contemporary Movement Fullerton Museum CenterGroup
20163 person show- Nature's TaleFlower Pepper Gallery, PasadenaGroup
2016SCOPE NYC showNew York, NYGroup
2016Forecast group showProject gallery, TorontoGroup
20154th year anniversary showFlower Pepper Gallery, PasadenaGroup
2015LAX-LHRStolenSpace, London, EnglandGroup
2015Group showCHG Circa gallery, Culver CityGroup
2015LAX-DTWInner State Gallery, DetroitGroup
2015Summer Reading list showArch Ememy Arts gallery, PhiladelphiaGroup
20153rd Annual 12x12 showGauntlet gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2015Xiong Mao showFlower Pepper Gallery, PasadenaGroup
2015Life and Love group showFlower Pepper gallery, PasadenaGroup
2014Flower pepper gallery's 3rd year anniversary group showFlower Pepper gallery, PasadenaGroup
2014The Brave Ones group exhibitionFlower Pepper gallery, PasadenaGroup
2014Ninth annual BLAB showCopro gallery, Santa MonicaGroup
2014Wilderness group exhibitionAuguste Clown gallery, VictoriaGroup
2014Pandamonium group exhibitionFlower Pepper gallery, PasadenaGroup
2014Of History and Hope group exhibitionFlower Pepper gallery, PasadenaGroup
20146x6 Group exhibitionPhone Booth Gallery, LongBeachGroup
2014The Artist ProjectBetter Living Centre, TorontoGroup
2014Salon group showPentimento gallery, TorontoGroup
2013Spring SalonPentimento gallery, TorontoGroup
2013Artists for animalsFund raising show in Montreal QCGroup
201210th Annual Square Foot ShowTwist Gallery, TorontoGroup
2012Wild at Heart: Keep Wildlife in the Wildthinkspace gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Society of Illustrators Student ExhibitionMuseum of American Illustration, New York, USGroup
2012Sheridan college BAA Illustration Grad show99 Sudbury, TorontoGroup
2012SASS CollectiveRustic Owl Gallery, TorontoGroup