Kim Tae-Ho
(1948, Seoul, Korea)

Kim Tae Ho (1948), born in Busan in the Republic of Korea, remained in this city until middle school after which he moved to Seoul to attend the Seoul Arts High School. He then went to Hongik University to study painting and he also attained a Master's Degree from the College of Education at the same university. In 1982 he was awarded with the Grand Prize at the Gonggan Print-Making Competition. 12 Kim Tae Ho first presented his series on ?form? in 1977 through his first solo exhibition focusing on ?figurative paintings hidden under the horizon?. Most of the work belonging to this period was done using the spraying method and the inspiration came from shutters cove- ring bank buildings. Behind the thick shutters - sym- bolic for strong will of resistance - a trapped figure is depicted and it is significant for mal-communication additionally as isolation of people living in contempo- rary times. Yet gradual transformation is also evident as intended and often geometric lines disappear only to leave traces of form and phenomena. Furthermore the artist moved away from one material to another to express on Korean hanji paper. Here he expresses his creative actions simultaneously as introducing his series on ?Internal Rhythm?.

In 1984 he received the third Journalists? Art Prize and with this, his art expanded worldwide. He participated to numerous exhibitions both in Korea and abroad. Thanks to these projects, his name became known and in 1987 he was given the post of Professor at the Department of Painting in Hongik University.

From 1995 onward, the artist piled layers of paint through the ?Innate Rhythm? series as a means to express traces of his actions. The painting is put, scratched and then the process is renewed. The traces create the finale expression of the innate rhythm. Small grids are stained on the canvas similar to graph paper and the painting is put on the layers. Once the 13 painting is almost dry, a special knife is used to cut it horizontally and vertically. It is a process of revelation of the layers, painted on the grid. Kim Tae Ho created a new method of exploitation of the spatial structures. The ?Innate Rhythm? series gathers free and versatile voices into one to introduce a new dynamic discipline. If the canvas is symbolic for the cosmos or the uni- verse, the artist invents a method that leads to the sub- jective interpretation of space.

Kim Tae-Ho belongs to the first generation of the Korean monochrome movement called Dansaekhwa, with Ha Chong-Hyun, Chung Sang-Hwa, Lee Ufan and Park Seobo.

Exhibitions selected

Solo exhibitions

2015 - Operating space structure, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
1977-2014 - 30 times, Korea, Japan, U.S.A, Germany
2007 - Sung Kok Museum, Seoul, Korea

Group exhibitions

  • 2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles-Espace d'art, Huelgoat
    2017 - Art Paris Art Fair, Paris
  • 2016 - Rythmes, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
    2016 - Art Élysées 2016, Paris
    2016 - 100 ans de stèles, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris, France
    2016 - L'attrape-Feu, l'art réenchante le monde, Ecole des filles, Huelgoat, France
    2016 - Art Paris Art Fair, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris, France
    2014 - Korea Internation Art Fair KIAF 2014, COEX Hall B:, Seoul, Korea
    2012 - Monotone painting of Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
    2010 - Korea International Art Fair 2010, COEX, Seoul, Korea
    2008 - Art in Busan 2008, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
    2006 - The 21th Asian International Art Exhibition, Singapore Museum, Singapore
    2005 - Chicago Art Fair 2005, Chicago, U.S.A
    2002 - The Understanding of Abstract Painting, Sung Kok Museum, Seoul, Korea
    1987/96 - Seoul Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
    1986 - Korean Modern Art Exhibition : It's Yesterday and Today, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
    1974 - The 1st Seoul Biennale, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Museums and personal collections 

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The British Museum, London, England
Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Busan Municipal Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Yonsei University Museum, Seoul, Korea
Walker Hill Museum, Seoul, Korea
Total Museum, Seoul, Korea
Simonoseki Museum, Simonoseki, Japan
Ho-Am Art Museum, Yongin, Korea
Hongik University Museum, Seoul, Korea
Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea
Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
Museum SAN, Kangwondo, Korea