Kim Young-sung is perhaps a name you have never heard before. Once you have seen his works, however, it is one you may not soon forget.
Kim, from South Korea, is an artist of exceptional talent in creating hyperrealistic oil paintings of nature and still life. His works of art are so life-like that it is hard to imagine they are the product of a creative mind with just a small brush in his hands.
The artist paints small animals like goldfish, snails, frogs, lizards, etc, all trapped in glass bowls or some man-made artifacts like a spoon, all in photo-realistic images which cannot but draws wonder from the viewer – and that hopefully will get them questioning the entire idea of nature as nothing more than items of curiosity.
The idea, Kim explains, is to show how man (or humans, to be more precise) treat nature, making it subservient to the needs or desires of humans, turning what nature has created to nothing more than property for display or amusement or for food.
“What is the meaning or value of living organisms in the modern civilization? What is the meaning of living organisms to humans? They exist with us in the same environment, but they are always faced as food or decorative elements in a lower hierarchy,” Kim writes on the SaatchiArt website.
Well, look at the photos for yourself, and watch the video, and see if your breath is not taken away by his paintings.