Fallen leaves, stems, and seeds are natural objects, showing an aspect of nature in which the cycles of growth and extinction repeat. we humans ruminate on our own lives through nature’s activity. We reflect our finite lives onto nature’s infinite realm.
Kim Jin Kwan’s paintings feel quite forlorn and heartrending. All traces of destitution and complexity have been removed through the use of modest colors and overly succinct, plain brush lines which can be painted only by one who finds enlightenment in nature and life. They appear endlessly shabby before the visual-centered desire of contemporary art armed with massiveness, spectacles, and flashy logic but they are nevertheless quite moving and strikingly inspired by his warm heartedness.
Bahk Young-taik/ Kyonggi University Professor & Art Critic