Kim is an illustrator, painter, and surface designer. She was born in Alaska, and moved all around the U.S. in a Coast Guard family. Kim was greatly influenced by her few years living in Hawaii as a child, and recently moved back after eleven years in New York City.
Kim studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts, graduating with honors. She worked in NYC at a surface design studio, for 7 years. There she created contemporary designs to the fashion, kids, home, paper, and swim industries. Additionally she served as Art Director, coordinating and assisting several freelance artists. Her time in the textile/surface design industry has given Kim a keen eye for pattern, composition, and color. Color is one of the most important elements in her work, and it’s often the first thing considered when creating a piece.
While working full-time in NYC, Kim painted and pursued illustration on the side. Her work regularly won competitions, appearing in the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration Awards several times.
At this time she was in a surf/pop/garage band called PUPPIES, and played guitar and sang. The band was linked with the Brooklyn DIY scene, and was treated as an art experiment, in which band posters, albums, t-shirts, and art shows/parties were all a factor. They played several shows in Brooklyn and NYC.
An interest in printmaking paved the way to her current style- flat, limited colors often echo her beginnings with silkscreen printing. She began a series of gouache paintings depicting more personal stories of her life moving around the country, and was especially fond of her time in Hawaii. She gravitated to the tropical, and eventually began creating mini sculptural plants that put her on the map in galleries around the country. She had her first solo show at Desert Island in Brooklyn, where paintings and sculptures were both on display.
When an opportunity to leave NYC to pursue freelance and fine art full-time in Hawaii arose, Kim hopped on a plane and hasn’t looked back. She has been in Honolulu since Feb 2017, with two solo shows and a few international shows under her belt.
She is currently represented in Europe by JSR Agency, and in North America by This Represents.
Recent collaborations include an international campaign with Pepsi, a capsule collaboration with Target in-house activewear brand JoyLab, package design for LUSH, custom VANS for charity, and several illustrations for Time Magazine. She has also worked with Brooklyn home company AELFIE, and collaborated on patterns with Nooworks., a CA-based clothing company.
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