Signed, titled and dated 2005 on the reverse
Oil and chalk on canvas, 120 x 98.6 cm
– Gallery SKAPE, Seoul (circa 2005) (incl. copy of certificate)
– Private collection, the Netherlands
Kim Sungsoo incorporates the daily impressions of the post-modern society in his portraits. His paintings contain references to the brightly coloured neon lights, the towering skyscrapers and the provocative images of the mass media. The facial expressions of the portrayed betray absence, disorientation and melancholy. The figures wear striped clothing, derived from the grid of skyscrapers, against monochrome backgrounds that bring to mind the bright neon lights or the darkness of night. The anonymous portraits by Kim illustrate hidden human feelings in a materialistic metropolitan city.