Background

Inspired by nature, real and imagined, Konnie Kim paints in bold and radiant colors. She is drawn to many works of the Fauves and the Impressionists. She is also fascinated by the honesty and spontaneity of children's art. Her calligraphic brush strokes and interesting use of colors are what the collectors love about Konnie's work.

Konnie's earlier work reflects her curious personality. She has explored almost all available medium and styles of fine art and graphic design. At the age of 19 she realized her first commercial success with licensed illustrations for a manufacturer and she is currently licensed with others. While in college she coordinated fine art shows in non-traditional settings for herself and other artists. These became known as "Any Space Shows". The venues included hotels, restaurants, schools, theaters and galleries eventually totaling over 100 shows.

Konnie has received numerous awards and her work has appeared in trade magazines, newspapers, TV shows and online venues. She has worked as an art and framing designer/consultant for wall décor manufacturers. Konnie owned an art gallery and frame shop for eighteen years. In 2007, she sold the business wishing to devote more time to art.

Occasionally, she will explore other media and styles to grow as an artist but her primary focus is landscape and still life in oil. Konnie's original paintings and reproductions may be found in galleries and gift shops as well as private and corporate collections

Statement

It is the beauty and power of nature, real and imagined that inspires me. Influenced by the Fauves and the Impressionists, I like to paint with bold and radiant colors. Minimalist by nature, I prefer a limited palette and simple composition in my work. My transitional style fuses the traditional technical training with contemporary sensibility of color and design. I am a product of both eastern and western cultures. I observe things from both sides and try to keep the best of both worlds. Sometimes this teaches me what to do and many times what not to do. I listen and watch, analyze and sort, and then decide what to keep and practice what makes sense to me. I do this in the art process as well as in life.

I usually start my paintings with sketches I have done on location or photographs I take while wondering beautiful places. At this stage my logical and mathematical left brain comes in handy. I am mainly concerned with the composition and color scheme. Then the right brain kicks in its contribution. I put my sketches and photos away and let the painting lead the rest of the way. The painting will tell me when it's happy and when it's not. I follow my gut and give the painting what it needs. When the painting finally conveys the "emotion" of the moment, I sign the painting.

Like most artists, I feel most alive when I am creating. I enjoy sharing the things I create and the knowledge I have gained in the process by teaching others. That gives me purpose. When life feels out of balance, I go out to nature to feel centered and to be in touch with the wonder and mysteries of life. I become a humble student of art and life all over again.

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA, United States, 2016
Copperwood Artware, Orange, CA, United States, 2016
Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA, United States, 2016