Age? Location? Website?
I'm 26 years old in Los Angeles (Chino Hills if you want to get specific). www.stevekim.net
Tell us a little bit about your work.
I take my fair share of personal photos (90gigs so far, and counting) and most of the time I'll find pictures that somehow demand to be painted. I guess you can lump me together with the 'work from life' crowd who go to workshops every week to paint naked people straight out of the 19th century. We both have the same motivations. I really think so. The difference is that the life I'm interested can't be captured with a model sitting on a stool. Photographs, therefore, are the next best thing... Sometimes I'll have an idea that comes first, but it isn't common. I almost always regret it too because it never turns out as good.
I don't know about influences but Euan Uglow is someone I discovered recently and he just blows me away. He's definitely worth the Google. Some people I like are Jacob Magraw, Brendan Monroe, Amy Bennett, Alex Kanevsky, Josh Keyes, Anthony Lister, and of course my fiance, Julienne Hsu.
Describe your process for creating a new piece.
Well, once I have my picture selected I start with a drawing in transparent oils, often in different colors to help differentiate certain lines or shapes from the other. That is about the only predictable part of the process. The rest is just what I think is best for the work. I enjoy every stage of painting. Not just the action, but the appearance. So if there's something in the initial drawing, or wash of color, etc., that I really like, I try conserve it until a better option comes along. Sometimes it turns out it wasn't worth saving in the first place, sometimes the whole painting revolves around highlighting it. It depends.
I'm a MFA student at Claremont Graduate University, but I don't think that counts, right?
Best thing that happened to you this week?
Honestly? You're e-mail.
Tools of the trade?
Oil on canvas and lots of Galkyd. Nothing fancy.
'DOLLYPOP' group show at World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, opening Sept 12 '07. My MFA show in the fall of next year.
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