Dongwon KEUM (b. 1960, Korea) is a painter inspired by the natural world. The scenes in her paintings act as symbols of recollection towards our chaotic realities through the imagination.
Despite having lived in an urban environment, Keum’s brush paintings capture the wild beauty of unfamiliar plants and flowers, as well as contemplative scenes of the countryside. There is a harmony between the bright shades in which she paints alongside her work’s naturalistic content. Additionally, by including small creatures into her scenes, the viewer gathers a stronger sense of seasonal transitions. Although her pieces are luminous, they are also void of figures and symbolize the recurring theme of Keum’s solitary mind. Through these naturalistic dimensions, the artist is able to share with us what she finds most priceless in our materialistic world.
Dongwon Keum was born in Korea in 1960. In 1982, she received her BFA from Sudo Women’s Teacher University and in 1984 she received her MA from King Sejong University. She has held over 34 solo exhibitions around the world in countries such as Germany, Korea, USA and France. Additionally, Keum has participated in group exhibitions for over two decades with most of her work appearing in Korea through galleries such as the Yangpyeong Museum (Yangpyeong), Seorim Gallery (Seoul) and the Kim Bo Seong Art Center (Seoul).