we also deserve to live

minho kwon

2 july - 12 august 2015

monday - friday  10 - 5pm  |   by appointment  |  selected saturdays


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Minho Kwon is a storyteller and an image-maker. His densely, multifaceted drawings command your attention. Kwon's specialness as an artist is the ability to fuse industrialised South Korea with Korean culture and it's political economic history through the expressive power of drawing. The result is potent, brooding and dream-like; dark blueprints for a dystopic past.

His colossal drawings at first seem to be incomplete; architectonic lines have been drawn and rendered with an obsessive attentiveness to detail, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of his materials layers of pencil, graphite and charcoal.

WE ALSO DESERVE TO LIVE has transformed The Foundry Gallery into a test-bed for Kwon's vast architectural creations. Views that cannot be found in one drawing can be found in another, There is no one way to look at the works or a linear path to follow the visual gaps you find allow you the space to construct your own story. 

About minho kwon

Minho Kwon is a South Korean artist who graduated from Central St Martins College in London in 2007 and then went onto the Royal College of Art to study Visual Communication graduating in 2013. He is now based in Seoul, South Korea where he is a practicing artist and published illustrator and is a post graduate lecturer at the PaTI - Paju Typographical Institute of Ahn Saang Soo. Kwon has exhibited throughout the UK and South Korea and has been the recipient of many awards including:

  • 2013 - SUSTAIN RCA / Moving Mind Category
  • 2013 - Jerwood Drawing Prize / Shortlisted
  • 2013 - V&A Illustration Award / Student Prize
  • 2012 - John Norris Wood Drawing Prize
  • 2007 - Jerwood Drawing Prize / Student Prize