Ki Yoon Ko is a Hamburg based asian artist. He focuses on giant portraits of asian people with a unique style of tecnique which he developed over the past years. He uses graphite powder and mix it with water. With his paintbrush he stands really close to the canvas surface and flick the graphite powder onto the canvas. Layer by layer, shade by shade. This technique affords him both the precision and the spontaneity he requires. Here he shows his favourite piece of art…
Let us introduce Ki Yoon Ko
Hello, what´s your name?
Ki Yoon Ko
Why is this piece of art your favourite piece?
This is one of my favorite paintings at the moment and I defiantly have a few more favorite paintings.
Would you tell us the story behind it?
Well let me go back to the beginning. I started painting photorealistic portrait paintings starting in 2002 with a special painting technique, where I use graphite powder,water and a paintbrush to flick the material onto the canvas. After a few years I took a break to work on collaboration with fellow artists. During this time I felt comfortable being more loose with my paintings and more experimental.
I decided to start a new series where I would mix loose and tight technique of paintings. So this painting is the result of mixing the two technique.
What does art mean to you?
Making art is fulfilling from the beginning,middle and end of the process. I really enjoyed the journey of seeing my paintings changing all the time and I’m looking forward of what the future holds for me.