Artist of the moment…….Contemporary landscape artist Kim Jongsook….

This artist makes futuristic images of cities and incorporates swarovski crystal elements into her work. The most publicized artist working with the crystals would be Mickalane Thomas. She creates fantastic paintings mainly of African American women and she uses many crystals mainly in her backgrounds. This adds a very modern feeling when you consider some wealthy youngsters spend thousands of dollars to get a grille!  A mouth piece full of diamonds you might were on your birthday or when you are showing off your status.

Fab Five Freddy, the ex MTV Raps host also works using the crystals. His works don’t incorporate drawing however. Just an enlarged photograph with crystals on it.

Jongsook is the first artist I have seen to incorporate crytals but in the landscape setting. The crystal adds a great deal of depth to the work as well as reflection of light. I have never seen a work done with crystals in person, but can imagine its like looking  at a  movie as the sources of light and their reflections change constantly as the viewer moves.  When I first saw her works I thought of the movie, ” Avatar.”  She paints on a large scale with many works around 50 inches in height and width.

Jongsook was born in South Korea. She is very well educated in art receiving a bachelors of fine art, masters of fine art, and a doctorate degree from the University of Hongkik located in Seoul, South Korea.

A great clip featuring a show by the artist given in 2011. The title was the artificial landscape.  Its great to see how the works hang in a gallery. Notice the great perspective used in her style of landscape. The artist paints mainly with acrylics.

The artist was heavily influenced by her father who ran a mother of pearl craft store. He used traditional eastern artwork in his sketches and for the objects he designed. Simply put the eastern influence of painting the landscape was part of her every day life. It came as no surprise that she favors working with the landscape rather than wit the figure.

High price range: $15,000 for a mixed media piece done in acrylics with the crystal elements.

Low price range:  $10,000

In some works the artist makes appropriations or studies of master artists she admires such as Korean painter Geomjae. Its another way she mixes traditional landscape with  modern objects that represent the  young, modern, and materialistic generations around the globe. I would love to see other cities painted in this style.

Try a work of art in mixed media. Add a new medium to your work!

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