Hwang Jung min
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.
One of the leading Korean artists, Kim Tschang-Yeul, created this piece using the "Hyperrealism" technique to make the waterdrops appear real. When the artist was in France one day in 1972, a water drop on the canvas caught his attention. As a result, he began to draw water drops and gained the moniker "waterdrop artist." Even though they appear to be real waterdrops when you get closer to the piece they vanish and transform into a mass of painting. So, I would advise you to view this work both far away and up close. Artist Kim Tschang-Yeul employs the motif of waterdrops, which stands for the source of life and purification, to portray the Eastern spirit in modern art. He was recognized for his contributions in 2013 by the Silver Crown Order of Cultural Merit in Korea and in 2017 by the Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France.