Kim Tschang-Yeul has been working on waterdrop painting for a long time. Kim’s water droplets painting appear to seep out of the fabric of the canvas. The painting utilizes a true trompe l’oeil technique, creating the illusion that the transparent water drops will fall at any moment. Some paintings are entirely covered with water drops, while others are half filled, or even have just a single drop. Some have stopped at a certain point after flowing, while others are being absorbed by the floor. The water drop is an illusion that simulates the canvas. It is not a depiction of the actual thing but an indication to an idea. In 1957, Kim organized the Modern Artists Association with Park Seobo and Chung Chang-sup and led the radical Informel Movement in Korea. Turning his attention to the international art world, he submitted his work to the 2nd Paris Biennale in 1961 and the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1965. In 1969, he participated in the Avant-Garde Festival in Paris. He made an actual debut as a painter in Europe during the presentation of his works “Event of Night” in the Salon de Mai in 1972. Ever since, he has continued to present works featuring water drops. In 2004, Kim held a retrospective on his water drop paintings over the past 30 years at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume.
〈Rite〉, 1966, Oil on canvas, 162x138cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai
〈Water Drops ENS 85013〉, 1985, Oil on Canvas, 130x97cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai
〈Water Drops SH87032〉, 1987, Acrylic on Korean paper mounted on canvas, 190x300cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai
〈Recurrence SH04043〉, 2004, Acrylic and Oil on Korean Paper mounted on Panel, 96x129cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai
〈Recurrence SH2013004〉, 2013, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 197x290.9cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai