"Over the past five years, contemporary Asian art has made its mark over the world,” says Niru Ratnam, director of the Global Eye Programme, an initiative that nurtures artistic talent in regions where art infrastructure is lacking – specifically, across Asia – with recent projects formed in Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore. “From big museum shows in the west (like Cai Guo-Qiang at New York’s Guggenheim in 2008) through to auction prices that were previously unimaginable for non-western artists, the region’s art has come out of obscurity in a big way. Artists like Ai Wei Wei, Subodh Gupta and Lee Ufan are now some of the most sought-after names by major collectors.
"Beneath these big now-established names is a vibrant emerging scene of young artists who are the first generation to see an older generation succeed and be taken notice of around the world. This seems to have given them the confidence to approach contemporary art in an experimental, confident way whether it is painting, installation or new media."
For Young Art Week, we asked Niru to tell us more about what’s happening in the Asian artscape from an emerging talent perspective, and to select three artists he feels are doing groundbreaking things in this context. Here, Niru selects Korean artist HaYoung Kim.
“HaYoung Kim’s work [pictured, above and below] consists of brightly coloured canvases that a whirl of bold, layered shapes,” says Ratnam. “Kim grew up in Korea and then studied in London and her work reflects living in a highly networked world where individuals are subsumed by the media and technology that surrounds them on a daily basis. Kim’s works combine a sensibility of growing up in a rapidly changing technological-orientated society with a visual sensibility that riffs on post-pop art.” – Niru Ratnam, director of the Global Eye Programme
Taken from the article, HaYoung is the first of Niru Ratnam’s Asian art boom talents, published on HERO