Archive for May 22, 2012

Artists working with the face and figure…. Kim Dong Yoo


The artist was born in1965 in Kongju, South Korea. He is known for painting what you might call “double portraits.” He nearly always paints celebrities but approaches them differently than most other artists by his unique style. For a painting of Marilyn Monroe, the artist might use a repeating image of John F. Kennedy as the two were romantically linked. He has even used an image of Marilyn Monroe as a basis for a wonderful image of the Chairman Mao. Its very interesting to think of what the connection is between the many faces that the viewer sees.

Below is a clip of two Madonna works of art.  For the smaller repeating image the entertainer Madonna was used. The larger image is that of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.

A short clip featuring a show by  the artist at Gallery Hasted Kraeutler.

The artist went to college in South Korea attending MokWon University in Daejeon, South Korea for both a bachelors and masters degree. He received his masters degree in 1990, in 2010 the artist went back to the college but this time as a full time art instructor.

Mediums used: Oil and acrylic paints.

surfaces used: Canvas,  the artist  paints rather large many of the smaller sides of his works are 50 to 60 inches, the larger sides are 80 to 90 inches.

low price range: $12,000 for an acrylic original painting.

high price range: $ 650,000 for a large Marilyn Monroe painting.

For 2011 and 2012 many auctions for his larger works are going between $40,000 to $60,000.

on line and land based galleries:  Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in the heart of Chelsa’s Art District.

I hope you take some time to check out the other artists at the gallery, mainly one Marc Dennis whom I have written about in the past. He loved bugs and started off painting floral and insect paintings, and his latest works at this gallery include many scenes with guns and a very interesting painting with fish.


The artist is very unique in his process and spends hundreds of hours painting the same image for the most part, and the end result is fantastic. Each miniature portrait is painted in fine detail, not egg tempera but a similar tight feel.  And many artists working in this style use a computer to construct and move the individual images around, this artist takes the time to hand paint EVERYTHING! Working in this style he is able to complete only three to five paintings per year.

If you like looking at smaller pictures that lead up to large pictures also check out David Mach and Vik Muniz who have similar styles.

Happy painting!