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Yongsung Kim spent his youth in the beautiful countryside of Korea, which is rich with the emotion that he hope's is captured in his paintings. Yongsung started painting in middle school and spent much of his time growing up drawing.
After Yongsung Kim became an adult, he began to worry about the path his life would lead, so he prayed. Through the inspiration he gained while painting, he decided he would live a life devoted to bringing glory to God. Even though he didn’t formally study painting, he felt he had been blessed with natural talent and aesthetic taste and he began a life as a Christian artist.
With much love and affection for his family, Yongsung Kim strives to live as an example of a devoted Christian father. His family includes his wife, a daughter who aspires to be an animator, and a son who hopes to be a guitarist.
"The main theme and focus of my paintings are consistently and primarily Jesus Christ and Christianity. Co-artists have asked me if it was necessary to intentionally include Christ in every piece. They have even suggested I remove Christ and paint a likeness or euphemism of him. In a world with an increasing culture of violence and darkness, in addition to decreasing bright and clean depictions of religion, I want to shed Christ’s light on this new generation. So I deal with subjects of Christ, as the “Good Shepherd” with His flock and Christ’s “Love and Grace”, and “Beautiful Christ” as major themes." (Yongsung Kim)
Rather than the world’s standard of a heavy and grim depiction of Jesus Christ, Yongsung Kim seeks to work with that which is easy to understand, that which resonates with the sympathies and emotions we feel. Rather than complex or difficult art, he focuses on a bright, righteous, and beautiful idea of Christ, utilizing portrayals of familiar scenes of nature to help it enter the heart of the observer.
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