ABOUT  TAIKYU

My primary interests are people, their emotions and experience in various space. I am exploring the scope of imagination and spiritual meditation through abstract paintings with rich colors, delicate layers and symmetric symbols. I focus on meditation by which people can relieve their stress and seek a shelter from the turbulence of their daily lives. I hope that my paintings will be the zone filled with peace. 

My artwork visualizes the Middle Way (中道), the spiritual state of calmness not succumbing to extremes. I use multiple layers to capture ambient and spiritual effect. Before applying each layer, a long meditation is practiced imagining the spiritual state that I wish to portray. This is calm, slow and silent stage. Once paints are being applied, however, the painting becomes livelier and more fluid process – I splash, drip, and pour paints repeatedly for hours and days. The results are natural, organic forms and colors, developed while pigments are still wet and slowly settled on canvas for days.

I was born in 1982 and grew up in Seoul, Korea. After receiving my BA in Economics and working several years at a securities company as a financial advisor, I came to Boston, MA to pursue my dream as a visual artist. I received my MFA degree from Tufts University & School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in 2017.

EDUCATION:

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts UniversityMaster of Fine Arts, 2017.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Post-Baccalaureate, 2015.

Konkuk University, Bachelor of Economics, 2008.

SOLO EXHIBITION:
The Beauty of Imperfection,  Gallery BOM, Boston, MA, Feb 2019.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Summer Group Show, Gallery BOM, Boston, MA, Jul - Aug 2018.

The Figure and Unknown Places, Agora Gallery, New York, NY, July 2018.

Winter Salon Show, Gallery BOM, Boston, MA, Dec 2017 - Jan 2018. 

To Dong-Ju Yun's Poems, Korean Cultural Society of Boston's 5th Exhibition, Lexington Arts & Craft Society (LACS), Lexington, MA, Sep - Oct 2017.

To Sprout, Gallery BOM, Boston, MA, Jul - Aug 2017

 

Unconscious Desire, Korean Consulate General in Boston, Newton, MA, Jun - Sep 2017.

The Cyclorama Show, MFA thesis exhibition, Boston Center for the Arts, May 2017.

SMFA Graduate Program Exhibition, SMFA Mission Hill Gallery, Boston, MA, Feb 2016.

SMFA at Erbaluce: Mostra III, Erbaluce, Boston, MA, Jun - Sep 2015.

 

Body Works, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA, Apr 2015.

 

Post-Baccalaureate 2015 Exhibition, SMFA Mission Hill Gallery, Boston, MA, Mar - Apr 2015.

 

New Student Salon Show, Atrium and BAG Gallery, Boston, MA, Sep 2014.

GALLERY AFFILIATION: 
Gallery BOM, Boston, MA
http://www.gallerybom.com/taikyu-lim
http://www.gallerybom.com/artistgallerytaikyu-lim
PRESS & AWARDS:
Contest Finalist, Certificate of Excellence Award, Feb 2019, Circle Foundation for the Arts, Lyon, France
Studio Visit Magazine, Winter 2018-9, Vol 43, a series of juried artist books produced by the publishers of New American Paintings and distributed to 2,000 of the nation's top galleries and curators.
The Creative Process, Agora Gallery, Mar 30, 2018, featured in its article "Mao Lizi: Abstraction in Chinese Art"
Artfix Daily, a curated art world news & exclusives, Jul 7, 2018, "Taikyu Lim: Paintings of the Middle Way"
 
Artsy, Summer 2018, a database platform for collecting and discovering art which features the world's leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, and art fairs
Contemporary Art Curator Magazine, August 2017, one of the top online contemporary art magazines.
 
Contemporary Art Curator's Artist DirectoryMember, Aug 2017 - present, an international art platform designed to connect artists with art professionals and over 470,000 monthly visitors. 
Studio Visit Magazine, Summer 2017, Vol 38. 
Gazingnortheast.worldpress.com, Jun 2, 2017, an arts blog for exhibitions in New England, "Boston MA: The Cyclorama Show Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition"
Art & Education, May 16, 2017, an international online network of visual arts professionals, established in New York in 2006, "SMFA at Tufts MFA thesis exhibition: the Cyclorama Show"