Untitled Face II (TBC by viewers)

Ha Young KIM
35 x 35 cm
13.8 x 13.8 inch
Acrylic, Watercolour, Pencil on Canvas
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Ha Young KIM

BORN 1983


I am interested in the uncanny sensation aroused by human-like characters and their relation to the objectified human condition which is the direction of modern trends. The trend of science and logic is moving toward an ever-more objectified view of humanity, where we become the passive object of technology's agency.

We are 'sold' technology upon the basis that it facilitates our convenience or elevates our human capacities, but the converse is also true; when we allow technology to act for us, our own ability to be effective atrophies; we feel numb because there is a part of our brain that is dying. We are surrounded by technological goods for convenient living.

Modern humans are wearing their brain outside of their skull and exposing nerves outside of their skin, as Marshall McLuhan said some years ago. The more we rely on technology the more we give powers to it. Living in a highly industrialized society, individuals become particles being swept away by fast technology winds. Humans are changing the outside environment to better their condition, so they believe. Nowadays they go even further to change their insides to achieve this better condition. With completed human map (genome project) we can even change our feelings and mind.

With almighty science humans try to change 'the given' condition to 'the made' towards the mythological perfect condition of 'satisfaction'. The human body becomes like a car whose old parts can be replaced with new ones; we can reprogramme the code of the human being.

But what are the consequences for our insides and the psyche?



  • 2014 Doctor of Fine Art(DFA), The School of Arts and Digital Industries, UEL, London, UK
  • 2011 Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Royal Academy, London, UK
  • 2007 BFA, Graduate School of Painting Dept, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea  

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2022 ‘Love and Willow’, Choi Jung Ah Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 ‘Characterless Characters’, Gallery Absinthe, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 ‘New Paintings by HaYoung Kim’, 43 Inverness Street Gallery, London, UK
  • 2013 'Virtualium', Window Gallery, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 ‘Eat All You Can’, Hoxton Art Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011 ‘HaYoung Kim Show’, 43 Inverness Street Gallery, London, UK 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

  • 2022 Kindred Spirits, The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, UK
  • 2021 Storyteller: Bing Lee x Kim Ha-Young, Soluna Fine Art, Hong Kong
  • 2021 TOUCH, Gallery 46, London, UK
  • 2020 Korean Eye 2020: Contemporary Korean Art, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
  • 2018-19 Darkness into Light: the Emotional Power of Art, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, UK
  • 2018 The Art of Collecting at Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2017 The Painting Show, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Korea
  • 2015 PALACE DICE, Roper Gallery, Bath, UK
            Rain Doesn't Fall for Nothing, Penny School Gallery, London, UK
            Dimension(s) Variable, The Waiting Room, London, UK
  • 2014 Artoll Residency Exhibition, Bedburgh-Hau, Düsseldorf, Germany
             Visions New Voices, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
             Pravac Sila, O3ONE Art Space, Belgrade, Serbia
             University of East London Doctorate in Fine Art show, London, UK
             At Home Salon 2014 MARCELLE JOSEPH PROJECTS, London, UK
  • 2013 When Attitude Become Form, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
             Artoll Residency Exhibition, Bedburgh-Hau, Düsseldorf, Germany
             New British 2013 organised by Patch, Lloyds Club, London, UK
             WW SOLO Award 2013 Longlist Group Show, WW Gallery, London, UK 
             Professional Doctorate in Fine Art Showcase, AVA Gallery, London, UK 
  • 2012 ‘IRONIC MYTHOLOGIES’, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong, China
             Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI) Exhibition, London, UK
             ‘Penumbra’ The 8-day Project with 8 Artists, The Bermondsey Project Space, London,
             ‘ID PLEASE’, NEW Gallery, London, UK
             ‘Pleasure Principle’, Hoxton Art Gallery, London, UK
             KINARI-ISKAI Salon Show, London, UK
             ‘MAP THE KOREA’-The 5th 4482(Sasapari), The OXO Tower, London, UK
             Winter Exhibition, Hoxton Art Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011 Postgraduate Printmaking, London 2011: a survey of London art colleges, Clifford
             Chance, London, UK
             ‘Painting?’, Hoxton Art Gallery, London, UK
             Korea Tomorrow 2011, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, Korea
             Royal Academy Summer Show, London, UK
  • 2010 Group Show, Galeria of Michael Aalders, St Troperz, France
             Artists at Glenfiddich First and Second Exhibition, Dufftown Scotland, UK
             Premiums Royal Academy Interim Exhibition, London, UK
             RA Show, The Royal Automobile Club, London, UK
  • 2009 'Mindscape of the 21st Century' organized by B-TAP, Andrew James Art, Shanghai,
             Royal Academy Summer Show, London, UK
             'RA Schools Show', The Arts Club, London, UK
  • 2006 Zagreb19:00 - Seoul 02:00 Simultaneous Exhibition between Korea and Republic of
             Croatia, Gallery COTT, Seoul, Korea


  • 2014 Emerging Artists Program, Seoul Museum of Art
  • 2013 WW SOLO Award 2013 Longlist
  • 2011 The Dunoyer de Segonzac Award
  • 2011 Various Small Prizes from Royal Academy
  • 2011 Soloman J Soloman Prize
  • 2010 Jerwood Prize, Royal Academy Schools – Major Prize
  • 2009 The Arts Club Prize Excellence in Drawing Award 2009 - First Prize

Residency Programme

  • 2014 Artoll Artist Residency Programme, Bedburgh-Hau, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2013 Artoll Artist Residency Programme, Bedburgh-Hau, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2011~2012 LG HAZZYS AIR Arlington House, Camden, London, UK
  • 2011 Vytlacil AIR Program (The Art Students League of New York), New York, USA
  • 2010 Glenfiddich AIR Program, Dufftown Scotland, UK 

Public Collections 

  • Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
  • Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK
  • Paintings in Hospital Menier Gallery, London, UK
  • Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI), London, UK
  • Deutsche Bank Art Collection, London, UK

About Faces Series

Hayoung Kim's paintings incorporate her own experiences in real life. Now she has given birth and encountered a whole new phase of life. While experiencing motherhood through parenting, Kim was not only inspired by her own emotional changes but also her child's innocent perspective. Children's picture books inspire her as well to unfold stories that are distinct to the series. She tries to capture the feelings of love and imagery from the world of children. In the artistic practice, she found herself healed and improved. 

Rearing her daughter, it came into view how much women have cared about hair throughout the history. One of her consistent interests lies in faces, especially the ones derived from non-living objects such as car headlights or a wall socket . At present, most people communicate via mechanical devices and easily emphasize with those faces. Kim left the faces without a mouth so the viewers can project their feelings onto the paintings.

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