Artist of the moment….Kwon Kyungyup

Kwon Kyungyup was born in Seoul, South Korea in the year 1975 and is a wonderful painter known for her work with the female figure. She is most happy when she introduces herself as a painter. For her collegiate education the artist attended Sejong University (also in Seoul) majoring in painting

The artist tries to portray her people as damaged either physically or emotional and many times they appear wrapped in bandages.


In this clip we see a montage of works that deal with the damaged and emotionally distraught female portraits.

Price range information: The artist works with both acrylics and oils.  Works range between $2,000 and $6,000.

The artist draws from Western themes, Japanimation, and modern and contemporary in her artwork. Two painters idolized by Kwon would be Caravaggio and Gustav Klimt.

A link to the artist’s own website:

I love the emotion expressed in Kwon Kyungyup’s females. The character’s are very emotional and seem to relate their troubles and insecurities to viewer. If I was to compare the artist to another painter Ali Cavanaugh comes to mind. Cavanaugh has appeared in national magazines for her paintings of the female figure. I enjoy the way Cavanaugh’s portraits play with patterns and designs in their clothes and her simple designs. Below a wonderful example of Cavanaugh’s style. Cavanaugh uses the arms as a way of communicating ideas to the viewer such as solitude, shyness, and fear.



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