• Artist Bio

    Athena Kim is a Korean painter living in the Bay area. Locally, her work has been shown at numerous galleries and exhibitions, including The Women's Building, Presidio Landmark, One7 Gallery, Public Glass, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, The Troll House at Pier 26, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, the Upload Collective, University of San Francisco, North Beach Bauhaus, China Basin Landing in San Francisco, Neyborly Poet's Corner in Berkeley, and Playground Global in Palo Alto. (2016-present).

     

    Kim’s abstract expressionism manifests and discharges complex feelings and body sensations. Her search to express the profound emotions through painting culminates in her unique compositions of richly colored abstract images filling large canvases and explores gestures, lines, shapes, and colors evoking a feeling of transcendence and tranquility in contemplation.

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    Artist Statement

    I aim for subjective emotional expression with particular emphasis on embodied sculpting with paints through the mindful, yet intuitive process of creating each stroke and layer. Each finished creation is realized through eight to ten integrated applications of pigment. My painting explores diverse styles and techniques emphasizing my liberty to convey attitudes and emotions through non-representational means. Seeking not to be constrained, I favor large canvases where I find space to give spontaneous manifestation to the subconscious.

     

    My work is dedicated to the belief that humans should treat one another with nonviolence and compassion; and is further dedicated to the notion that humans and the earth are interdependent organisms. Much of my creativity springs from an ongoing process of cultivating capacity to be present with trauma responses in integrated healing and facilitating post-traumatic growth as a resilient survivor. It is my calling to explore these profound emotions and uniquely interprete each individual, allowing the viewer to connect to their personal contemplation, transcendence, and subconscious.

     

  • Past Works

    Take a look and enjoy!

    Transcendence

    Acrylic on Canvas

    16 " x 20"

    (SOLD)

    Cosmic Erosion 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    25" x 25"

    (SOLD)

    Erosion 2017

    Acrylic on Wood

    22" x 30"

    (SOLD)

    Blue Note No.1 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    16" x 20"

    (SOLD)

    The Rain of Love 2017; No love is lost.

    Mixed Media on canvas

    18x24"

    (SOLD)

    Forest Rain In The Fall 2016

    Acrylic on canvas

    16x20"

    (SOLD)

    Forest 2017

    Acrylic on wood

    (SOLD)

    Le Grand Bleu No.2 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    22"x28"

    (SOLD)

    The Flow of Life 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    30" x 40"

    (SOLD)

    Blue Space No.2 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    60" x 84"

    (SOLD)

     

    Blue Space No.1 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    60" x 84"

    (SOLD)

    Trajectory 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    30" x 40"

    (SOLD)

    Emergence 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    16" x 20"

    (SOLD)

    Interoception 2017

    Acrylic on Canvas

    36" x 48"

    (SOLD)

     

    Unfolding Repressed Emotions 2017

    Pigment Sticks on Canvas

    22x28"

    (SOLD)

    Blue Mind No. 3 2017

    Pigment Sticks on Canvas,

    8x8" each

    (SOLD)

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck 2017

    Acrylics on Canvas

    30x40"

    (SOLD)

    HEAT 2018

    Acrylics on Canvas

    16" x 20"

    (SOLD)

    The garden of birth 2017

     

    Acrylics on wood

    30x40"

    (SOLD)

    Le fleur de l'age

    Mixed Media on Birchwood

    30x40"

    (SOLD)

    Transcendence No.6 2017

    Oil on Canvas

    16" x 20"

    (SOLD)

    The Waves of Emotions 2018

    Gold, Charcoal, Acrylics on Canvas

    22" x 30"

    (SOLD)

    Blue Space 2018

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    30x40"

    (SOLD)

    Blue Space 2018

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    60" x 72"

    (SOLD)

    Logic vs Passion 2018

    Acrylics on Canvas

    16" x 20"

    (SOLD)

    The Flow of Grief

    Acrylics on Canvas

    20" x 16"

    (SOLD)

    Star Dusts 2018

    Acrylics on Canvas

    30x40"

    (SOLD)

    Transcendence 2017

    Acrylics on Canvas

    16" x20"

    (SOLD)

    The Forest of Emotions 2017

    Acrylics on Canvas

    16" x20"

    (SOLD)

    The Forest in San Francisco 2017

    Acrylics on Canvas

    22" x 30"

    (SOLD)

    Heat 2018

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    40" x 40"

    (SOLD)

    Athena Monologue Vol.11 2016

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    16" x 20"

    (SOLD)

    Transcendence Vol.10 2017

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    16" x 20"

    (SOLD)

    Anger 2016

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    30" x 40"

    (SOLD)

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  • Photos

    Blue Space; Nebula Collection 2018

    Blue Space ; Nebula No.2 2017 Mixed Media on canvas 5 ft x 7 ft

    Blue Space; Nebula No.2 at Playground Global, Palo Alto

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 7 ft

    (Not For Sale)

    Blue Space; Ocean No.1 2018 at Neyborly Poet's Corner Gallery, Berkeley

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 6 ft

    (For Sale)

    Blue Space; Nebula No.5 2018 at Neyborly Poet's Corner Gallery, Berkeley

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 6 ft

    (For Sale)

    Blue Space; Nebula No.4 2018 at Neyborly Poet's Corner Gallery, Berkeley

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 6 ft

    (For Sale)

    Blue Space; Nebula No.4 2018 at Neyborly Poet's Corner Gallery, Berkeley

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 6 ft

    (For Sale)

    Blue Space; Nebula No.3 2018 at Neyborly Poet's Corner Gallery, Berkeley

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 6 ft

    (For Sale)

    Blue Space; Ocean No.2 2018 at Neyborly Poet's Corner Gallery, Berkeley

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 6 ft

    (For Sale)

    Blue Space; Nebula No.1 2017 at Tom & Lisa's Residence in San Francisco

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 7 ft

    (Not For Sale)

    Blue Space; Ocean No.2 2018 at Neyborly Poet's Corner Gallery, Berkeley

    Mixed Media on canvas

    5 ft x 6 ft

    (For Sale)

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  • What I Do

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    Commissions for private art & public art

    Private individuals and businesses may request the creation of an art piece on behalf of another. References available upon request.

    Interview with Athena Kim by Spilt Arts

    http://spiltarts.com/interview-with-athena-kim/

    NAMI San Francisco 2017 Gala art installation

    https://www.facebook.com/namisf/posts/1761786600522320

    20 artworks were exhibited. 2 art pieces were donated.

    Artist Residency

    The Troll House ,San Francisco Feb-April 2017

    Upload Collective San Francisco June-Oct 2017

    Art Exhibitions

    Blue Space + Interoception Collection 2018

    Lyft HQ, China Basin, San Francisco

    Jan 1~ May 1, 2018

    Art Exhibition

    NITE LIFE; Unraveled Space 2018

    Senator Scott Wiener's Office, San Francisco

    May1~ July 1, 2018

    Art Exhibition

    Blue Space; Nebula Collection 2018

    Financial District San Francisco

    May1~ Aug 1, 2018

    Art Exhibition

    Blue Space; Ocean & Nebula Collection 2018

    Neyborly Poet's Corner, Berkeley

    July 17~ Oct 1, 2018

    Art Exhibition

    Blue Space & Interoception Collection 2018

    Donkey & Goat Winery, Berkeley

    First Friday art exhibition June 2018

    Donated Art Exhibition for Auction

    Blue Space 2018

    Back On My Feet San Francisco Annual Gala

    San Francisco Marriott Marquis