Now based in Milan after having spent almost her entire artistic career in the cross-cultural urban environment of London and showing with prestigious galleries in Seoul, New York and London, Eemyun Kang retains a sense of dislocation, originally occasioned when she left Korea for London to further her studies (eventually graduating with three further degrees). Accepting this and the ensuing focus on hybridity as a defining element in her work, Kang’s fictional hybrid worlds exist in the constant interplay between subject and object, reality and subconscious, known and unknown, the paintings alternating between figuration and abstraction, using gestural and energetic brushstrokes to create mysterious and suggestive works of varied scales. With a vocabulary that incorporates a range of suggestively biomorphic forms, Kang’s subjects are never quite as they seem; in a state of perpetual metamorphosis or evolution, they remain inherently unknowable.
Kang’s work has been exhibited in the UK and Europe, New York, and Korea, at public and private galleries and museums, and Art Basle Switzerland and Hong Kong. Kang has also participated at various group shows around the world, at Kukje Gallery, Seoul; Art Seonje Centre, Seoul; Korean Cultural Centre, London; Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia; Union Gallery, London; and Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Immigrating to the UK to study Fine Arts at the Slade School of Fine Art, Kang later completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Arts, where graduating in 2009 she was awarded the school’s prestigious Gold Medal. In 2012 Kang received her doctoral degree from the University of East London.
Kang lives and works in Milan, Italy.