• Artist Bio

    Athena Kim is a painter living in the Bay area whose abstract expressionism embodies complex personal feelings and body sensations. Each of her works is a profound personal journey into the depths of the subconscious and past personal experiences. As a result, they culminate in unique compositions of richly colored abstract images which fill large canvases with gestures, lines, shapes, and colors that evoke feelings of transcendence and tranquility.

     

    Athena has shown her work locally 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, Senator Scott Wiener’s office in California State building in San Francisco, Neyborly Poet's Corner in Berkeley, and Playground Global in Palo Alto (2016 - present)

    Artist Statement

    As an artist, I aim for creative emotional expression that springs from personal experiences, both ordinary and extreme.

     

    Seeking not to be constrained, I favor large canvases that permit me to give spontaneous and full manifestation to the subconscious. This freedom is reflected in the eight to ten integrated applications of pigment and the diverse styles and techniques that characterize my work. In that way I can convey a wide range of attitude and emotion through non-representational means, with emphasis on embodied sculpting with paints through the mindful yet intuitive process of creating each stroke and layer.

     

    It is my hope that the exploration of profound personal emotions through my work transcends the canvas in a way that connects in personal ways with the viewer, both conscious 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)

    Vulnerability 

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    18" x 24"

    (SOLD)

    Vulnerability No.1 2018

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    60" x 72"

    (SOLD)

    Blue Space; Nebula No.5

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    60" x 72"

    (SOLD)

    Untitled No.2 2017

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    10" x 10"

    (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)

  • Contact

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  • What I Do

    Commissions for private art & public art

    Blue Space; Nebula No.1 2017

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

    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

     

    Associated Artist Ambassador for Stellargold (Stellargoldcoin.com) 

    https://stellargoldcoin.com/athena-kims-art

    This is an Athena Kim's Artist shop featuring various high quality digital prints of Athena's work for sale. All purchases are made in Stellargold tokens only. All proceeds go directly to Athena Kim's Ethereum address and Stellargold takes 0% commission from this. The artist also not been charged in any way,shape or form to exhibit and sell her pictures here as it is our honor to have her art grace our website.

     

    For further inquiries and to claim your pictures after payment, please email athenavision@gmail.com directly

  • Articles about Athena Kim Art

    Athena Kim and the Law of Conservation

    October 23rd 2018

    Athena Kim and the Law of Conservation

     

    "Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme.”

    Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, Traité élémentaire de chimie, 1789.

     

    To understand anything about Athena Kim the person is to understand suffering. Her innate ability to transform suffering into beauty is a testament to human resilience. Her deliberate decision to do so is an inspiration.

     

    As described elsewhere, Kim is a multiple trauma survivor from Korea. While a remarkable story, this is not the time or place to discuss the horrific experiences she has lived through, nor how for over 20 years in Korea she managed to survive before moving to the California Bay Area in 2016 and establishing herself as an artist in 2017.

     

    Surprisingly perhaps, as chilling and inspiring Kim’s life story may be, it is not necessary to know anything about the artist to appreciate the immediate beauty of her art. Although her work can certainly be understood as a ferocious attempt to heal from trauma, a process of transfiguration of psychological and physical pain into an esthetic experience, it also projects a force of expression that escapes such reductive interpretation.

     

    In fact, most viewers spontaneously experience Kim’s large, colorful canvases as profoundly joyful and meditative. For instance it is hard not to recognize the signature Blue Space Nebula series, with its seemingly never ending layers of magnificent blues, as a voyage into deep space. Moving closer, thick waves of vinyl paint appear: now we feel engulfed by something like a vast ocean. However our trip is not over. Unlike almost any other works of modern art which demand a safe physical distance, the Blue Space Nebula series can be experienced eyes closed, by touch only, hands caressing their infinitely varied vinyl asperities as if entering a different dimension. Step back again and these sensory inputs seem to merge in our brain, perhaps approaching what neurophysiologists call “synthesia”, an integration of the senses where for instance a sound can be experienced as a color, or as in this case, color can be experienced as touch or inner movement.

     

    While true that the many layers of superposed paint, up to ten in some cases, may also be a kind of protective psychological barrier the artist has created in an attempt to distance herself from ever lurking symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), just as Van Gogh’s turbulent Starry Night swirls cannot be reduced to his supposed schizophrenic hallucinations, Athena Kim’s Blue Space Nebula layering cannot be reduced to PTSD. However what does define the series is the extraordinary multi-sensorial and physiological experience it elicits in our own brain, and the existential sense of awe it may trigger.

     

    As another example, the Vulnerability series is an explicit attempt by the artist to peel away some of her protective defenses by letting the canvas breathe with white open spaces, possibly at the risk of being exposed to new emotional pain. The result is a semi-organized turbulence of lines and shapes in the style of classic Abstract Expressionism.

     

    But again, such an explanation does not do justice to the work. Its immediate effect on me was that of a three dimensional rotating cylinder jumping entirely off the white canvas into space, like nothing I had quite ever experienced before. I would actually describe it not simply as a form suspended in space, but as a space-time in itself built according to the rules of some yet to be invented non-linear mathematics.

     

    I later found not everyone sees this sudden 3-D jump off the canvas, demonstrating if anything that our brains work differently from each other. However even seen as flat, or flatish, the series does come close to obeying the kind of fractalian mathematics often found in nature: look closer and instead of disappearing, new paintings of similar kind but with seemingly endless variation appear. In this sense, Kim’s painting is neither abstract nor representative, but open ended with a depth akin to that of the sensations of the real world as we experience them.

     

    Facing such mastery, it is astounding to learn Kim had never held a brush before 2015. Moreover, like a Picasso incarnated in a petite Asian woman who’s creativity was suddenly unleashed as if a fountain too long suppressed, she has progressed through four or five styles already.

     

    Such almost blinding creative profusion only illuminates what I believe to be the one unifying theme of Athena Kim’s ever changing work: transformation. In the end her art seems to obey not a psychological or esthetic law but a physical one, the law of conservation of mass as discovered by the visionary 18th century chemist Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier: “Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.”

     

     

    Written by Thor Conley

    Athena Kim's Blue Space series

    October 19th 2018

    "In her art, Athena Kim transmutes universal human emotions—joy, pleasure, anger, despair, love, lust, envy, contentment—into vibrant colors and tactile textures. Her Blue Space series evokes the depth of the ocean with prickly, thickly-painted technique; like the ocean itself, these paintings look serene from a distance but can be menacing up close. Her layered compositions move the body before the mind, like the sun being obscured by the clouds, or coming out from behind them to warm your skin."

     

    Written by Brian Robinson,

    Director of Analytics / Media Partnership, Facebook

     

    Artist Athena Kim Interview Article

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

  • Current Art Exhibition on View

    July 17 ~ Oct 15, 2018
    2043 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

    Global Climate Action Summit 2018 The ”eARTh” exhibit will have its opening reception this Friday, September 14th from 5-7pm. Please go to the Facebook event page here to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/2013923915287264/ 9 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. Monday ~ Friday September 14 ~ October 30...
    August 29, 2018 · art,artexhibition,painting,artshow,artist
    Interested in purchasing or viewing Athena's work? Schedule an in person appointment and we will be there to meet you and walk you through the whole exhibit. https://www.neyborly.com/exhibitions-at-poets-corner/ Five Blue Space; Nebula and Ocean artworks on 5 ft x 6 ft canvas are exhibited on...
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