Sky Kim

(b. 1970)

“I want people to realize that we are all together - we are one big tapestry.” 
— Sky Kim  


Sky Kim is known for her meticulously patterned, intricate watercolors. Her paintings function as optical illusions, pulling the viewer into a meditative state of increased tranquility. This meditation acts as a central concern in her work, and this stillness is the rudder of her artistic production. “I have to raise my vibrations to the highest level,” she says of her process “and I put myself in that state so that I am closer to my highest self.” From this point of departure, she then creates complex, repetitive patterns that appear to undulate and pulsate if the viewer engages with the work for a lengthy period of time, creating an energy that exudes from the center of her work and is then experienced by the viewer. 

Themes of reincarnation and ritual are also prevalent in her work. Through the act of looking, she attempts to reconnect her viewers to their sense of blank slate perfection, which according to the philosophy of reincarnation, we lose as soon as we are born into the world. Her final inspiration is drawn from Sacred geometry - an ancient, spiritual mathematical language that anchors certain aesthetics in nature and its evolution. Kim believes that humans are in a constant state of flux, and evolution and as such our lives and selves never cease to expand outwards, just as the Universe does. Contrary to the more traditionally understood linear temporal or energetic expansion, these ancient principles of sacred geometry, its logarithms and designs, aid Kim in exploring existential queries into humanity -  an essential inquiry that resides at the heart of all of her work.

Sky Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and completed her MFA at the Pratt Institute. She is a recipient of the Jersey City Individual Artist Fellowship, National Korean Art Competition Awards and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including in the United States, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Canada, and Australia. Kim lives and works in New York.

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Green Universe (Multiverse Series)
Green Universe (Multiverse Series)
Green Universe (Multiverse Series)
Green Universe (Multiverse Series)

2019

2019

2019

2019

Watercolor & mixed media on paper
43 x 34 in (109.22 x 86.36 cm)

Watercolor & mixed media on paper
43 x 34 in (109.22 x 86.36 cm)

Watercolor & mixed media on paper
43 x 34 in (109.22 x 86.36 cm)

Watercolor & mixed media on paper
43 x 34 in (109.22 x 86.36 cm)

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Untitled II (Multiverse Series)
Untitled II (Multiverse Series)
Untitled II (Multiverse Series)
Untitled II (Multiverse Series)

2019

2019

2019

2019

Watercolor & mixed media on paper
26 x 20 in (66.04 x 50.80 cm)

Watercolor & mixed media on paper
26 x 20 in (66.04 x 50.80 cm)

Watercolor & mixed media on paper
26 x 20 in (66.04 x 50.80 cm)

Watercolor & mixed media on paper
26 x 20 in (66.04 x 50.80 cm)

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Sea Breeze I (Deep-Sea Series)
Sea Breeze I (Deep-Sea Series)
Sea Breeze I (Deep-Sea Series)
Sea Breeze I (Deep-Sea Series)

2023

2023

2023

2023

Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and crystals on paper
40 x 40 in (101.60 x 101.60 cm)

Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and crystals on paper
40 x 40 in (101.60 x 101.60 cm)

Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and crystals on paper
40 x 40 in (101.60 x 101.60 cm)

Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and crystals on paper
40 x 40 in (101.60 x 101.60 cm)

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Mapping Out The Matrix
Mapping Out The Matrix
Mapping Out The Matrix
Mapping Out The Matrix

2024

2024

2024

2024

Watercolor, acrylic, and Swarovski crystals on paper
60 x 60 in (152.40 x 152.40 cm)

Watercolor, acrylic, and Swarovski crystals on paper
60 x 60 in (152.40 x 152.40 cm)

Watercolor, acrylic, and Swarovski crystals on paper
60 x 60 in (152.40 x 152.40 cm)

Watercolor, acrylic, and Swarovski crystals on paper
60 x 60 in (152.40 x 152.40 cm)

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Inner Compass I (Vortex Series)
Inner Compass I (Vortex Series)
Inner Compass I (Vortex Series)
Inner Compass I (Vortex Series)

2024

2024

2024

2024

Watercolor
42 x 42 in (106.68 x 106.68 cm)

Watercolor
42 x 42 in (106.68 x 106.68 cm)

Watercolor
42 x 42 in (106.68 x 106.68 cm)

Watercolor
42 x 42 in (106.68 x 106.68 cm)

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Inner Compass III (Vortex Series)
Inner Compass III (Vortex Series)
Inner Compass III (Vortex Series)
Inner Compass III (Vortex Series)

2024

2024

2024

2024

Acrylic and crystals on canvas
20 x 20 in (50.80 x 50.80 cm)

Acrylic and crystals on canvas
20 x 20 in (50.80 x 50.80 cm)

Acrylic and crystals on canvas
20 x 20 in (50.80 x 50.80 cm)

Acrylic and crystals on canvas
20 x 20 in (50.80 x 50.80 cm)

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New York, NY 10013

Tuesday—Friday: 10am—6pm

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Sunday—Monday: Closed

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GALLERY

39 Lispenard St.
New York, NY 10013

Tuesday—Friday: 10am—6pm

Saturday: 11am—5pm
Sunday—Monday: Closed

ISABEL SULLIVAN

GALLERY

39 Lispenard St.
New York, NY 10013

Tuesday—Friday: 10am—6pm

Saturday: 11am—5pm
Sunday—Monday: Closed