Kim Tschang-yeul’s works feature waterdrops of great diversity — some possess strong cohesion while others are on the brink of being absorbed via loose surface tension. Illustrated using hyperrealistic brushwork, his waterdrops appear real but are actually inexistent shadows symbolic of a meditative world.
After graduating from the College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University and studying art at the Art Student League in New York, Kim Tschang-yeul held many solo shows and international exhibitions in Europe, the US, and Japan. He worked primarily in abstraction up to 1969 but he had a shift to realism when he made his debut at the Salon de Mai as the artist of water drops. His works are included in the collections of the MMCA, the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne.