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“Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is "man" in a higher sense— he is "collective man"— one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic forms of mankind.” C.G. Jung

Studio installation

Eunkyo Kim (Unky)

Inspirations for my artworks come from anywhere and everywhere. Walking through the trees I might see the lovely little face of a fairy peaking through the beautiful colours of autumn leaves – urging me to heal the sadness in my soul that is caused by tragic events happening in the world.
Sometimes a mystical creature will pop into my dreams at night, then leaving, with a full analysis of the dream yet to be discovered.
My Artistic process tends to be joyful and healing. Although the inspirations are always more complex. My artworks document moments that are important to me. Moments which consciously and unconsciously leave long lasting impressions in my mind.

The Inner World

“Painting as a medium, I practice the old values that are under-appreciated in the modern world, such as spirituality, mythology, and the importance of inner work. Through this practice, I get to meet inspirations, discovering self, and grow as a person.” Eunkyo Kim

Forest walks in the Sea to Sky area have been the source of inspiration for many of Eunkyo Kim’s paintings. When she looks into a forest, or a garden in bloom, Eunkyo sees more than what is growing. Her mind slips into a contemplative state, her imagination takes over, and she begins a journey of self discovery in the inner world that fuels her creativity. Her works in oil have a mystical, dream-like quality, and reflect a spiritual connection beyond the limits of material experience.

Rose Garden 20”X24” Oil on birch wood panel

Look into a bed of roses and what do you see? Blossoms, petals and a world within a world.

Mermaid 12"x48" oil on canvas

The mermaid lives in an introspective underwater world where the long forgotten dreams and memories of the unconscious mind rise to the surface.

Awake 6"x8" oil on canvas board; Healing 11"x14" oil on canvas

Awake - Discovering and facing the shadow self, to awaken, to become whole, to balance.

Healing - The awareness that comes in the moment you feel the healing visual energy around you, accept your spirituality and realize that there is more than the physical world you’ve been living in where “what you see is all that is there”.

Trancendence II 18"x36" oil on canvas

Transcendence II - A copse of trees dressed in amber tone leaves, with a gentle breeze swirling them to the ground like butterflies flitting about in the autumn sunshine. This was the image that Transcendence II grew from. The woman, like many in Eunkyo’s paintings, has a calm, contemplative expression. She looks off in the distance, perhaps, choosing a destination… or dreaming of flying.

Creek 36"x48" oil on canvas

A canceled hike to Keyhole Hot Springs, northwest of Pemberton was the source of Eunkyo’s inspiration for Creek. The area was closed because campers were irresponsible with food and garbage. This lead to dangerous behavior by grizzly bears as they became habituated to people. Eunkyo says that “Humans disturb nature and stop the flow.” In Creek, a peaceful balance between man and nature is restored and the waters flow freely.

Creek - detail images
Emerald 12"x12" oil on canvas
Inside 6"x6" oil on canvas
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakes

C. J. Jung

And Out 6"x6" oil on canvas
Trancendence I 6"x8" oil on canvas board

The Window

A look into the window of a strange time.

A look into the mind in 2020.

A look into the strange time.

The Window 24”X30" mixed media on board, reclaimed window frame

For The Window, Eunkyo drew inspiration from life during the COVID 19 pandemic, and adopted her style from a genre of still life painting, that became popular in 18th century Korea. Known as scholar’s accoutrements, or chaekgeori painting, it featured books and the possessions a scholar had, or the ones they desired.

Home 8"x10" oil on canvas
Aurora 'Pandemic' 5"x7" mixed media on paper NFS

Aurora 'Pandemic' stop motion video

Eunkyo Kim is a classically trained and self-developed artist, Eunkyo studied visual design in South Korea. She was trained in pencil detail and colour theory, along with private and group art classes in fundamentals of art since the age of five. After receiving a Bachelor of Visual Design from Kyungsung University in Busan, South Korea, she worked as a designer and freelance illustrator.

Eunkyo has spent her artistic career in Canada blending disciplined study with a west coast nuance. She discovered her passion for painting a few years ago and has worked in acrylic and oils. Her highly imaginative artwork runs the gamut from the darkly humorous and sometimes creepy to joyful and healing. The work expresses her simple response to the current events in this complex world. In recent years she practices mainly in oil, exploring her inner mind through imaginations and dreams.

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