Siwon Ghim Sense of Living
Siwon Ghim: The Sense of Living
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The Korean Cultural Center in Abu Dhabi is currently holding The Sense of Living, a solo show by Korean artist Siwon Ghim that gives one an opportunity to explore her artistic journey. The exhibition is free to attend and will be on view until 18 August 2023. 

The show presents Ghim’s 14 expressive abstract paintings which are carefully selected by the artist herself and which serve as examples of her “ever-changing internal state”. While some of the paintings are executed in somewhat muted colours, others are characterised by quite bright colour palettes. The main feature uniting all of Ghim’s paintings is bold brushwork. “In our [life] journey, [sometimes] we choose the wrong path,” Ghim says and explains that in her art, she documents her own experiences of overcoming such difficulties. The paintings displayed in the show are devoted to triumphing over hardships. Speaking about The Sense of Living, the artist expressed the hope that her vibrant energy is delivered to the Emirati audiences through this exhibition.  

Siwon Ghim, The Birth of New Characteristics, 2022. Oil on canvas. 48 × 43 7/10 in. | 122 × 111 cm.

About the artist 

Siwon Ghim (b. 1988, South Korea) is an emerging abstract painter who resides in Seoul. In 2014, she graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art (London, the UK). In her art pieces, she examines her own conviction and beliefs, finding them through the sensations of her body.

Since her first solo show in 2018, she has her art showcased in a number of exhibitions, which include 2023 Young Korean Artist | Siwon Ghim (LEE & BAE, Busan, South Korea); Majoongmul Art Market (Kimreeah Gallery, Seoul, 2021); Suchang Art Fair 2020 (Suchang Youth Mansion, Daegu, South Korea); Wherever I Go (Gabi Gallery, Seoul, 2019); COSO Gallery Art Fair (COSO Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, the USA, 2018); the Climate Shifters moving exhibition (Paju Artist Village, Paju, South Korea, 2015); and others. In addition, in 2020, Ghim was selected for the Grant for Artist Management Program funded by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea.

Siwon Ghim, A Green Touch on Guts, 2022. Oil on pannel. 7 9/10 × 7 9/10 in. | 20 × 20 cm.

About the center

The Korean Cultural Center in the UAE (KCCUAE) was founded in 2016. Run by the Government of the Republic of Korea, its key aim is to introduce Korea to the region. It encourages cultural exchanges between the two countries through a full range of cultural programmes and activities. The Center offers language courses and Taekwondo, cooking, and cultural classes. It also holds film screenings, different exhibitions, workshops, and performances. 

To learn more about The Sense of Living, please visit the show’s official web page.

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