TAIKYU LIM


Artist Bio:
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.