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Esther Doyeon Kim

Artist member since 2020
North York, ON

Esther Kim is a South Korean Canadian raised in Vancouver, currently a Toronto-based artist. She majored in a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). Kim’s recent works scrutinize the idea of gratitude on mundanity, delivering a sense of picturesque happiness—a celebration of a tedious moment. She explores simplicity, flatforms, and animated colours to create expressive, whimsical, and joyous moments.

"In my painting, I am expressive, whimsical, and joyous. I have liberated myself from framing the picturesque material world or reenacting philosophical elevated modern art in my canvas. I instead filled it with simple and vibrant colours and childlike doodles. I filled it with something that I find joy in, simplicity, flatforms, and animated colours. I simply want to deliver this sense of happiness to my audience."


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Favourite artist(s) right now

Jonas wood, Heather day, Jean-Michel Basquiat, kathryn macnaughton

Coffees per day and from where

A hand drip ice americano at Demello

Describe your home in 3 words

cozy, bright, family

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

All kinds of art can affect our mood in a positive way, making us feel happier, calmer, or even inspired to do something.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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2020

New York
Visionary Project, The Era of Change

2020

OCADU, Toronto
Narratives Through Digital Space

2020

Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto
DRAWING & PAINTING Class of 2020 GRADEX105 Show

2020

The Great Hall-OCADU, Toronto
Festival of the Body

2019

OCADU, Toronto
Pop Down

2014

The Great Hall-OCADU, Toronto
Celebration of First-Year Exhibition

2021

Visionary Project, New York
The Era of Change

2021

Toronto
TOAF, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Accolades
2020

Luxembourg Art Prize
2020 Certificate of participation

2020

Akin Studio Career Launcher and Partial Gallery,Toronto

2021

TOAF, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Best of Painting

Press

TOAF, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Visual Voices Curated by Alex Garant

Education

OCAD University
BFA in Drawing and Painting

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