Jin Eui Kim

Jin was born in Gwangju (South Korea) in 1977. He did a BA in Contemporary Arts (Ceramics) at the University of Tasmania (Australia). He then went on to do a MA in Ceramics at the Cardiff School of Art and Design and finally a PhD in Ceramics at the same school.

He has work in public collections like the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. He has won various prizes and has had many exhibitions in South Korea, Australia and various apoloplaces in Wales and England, for example the Royal College of Art in London. He has also exhibited in the Netherlands, the USA and France.

He is a ceramic artist and creates the majority of his works by wheel-throwing. He applies eighteen tones of slip onto the surface by brushing. The eighteen tones range from as light as white to very dark, almost black. The tones are made by adding black stain into the basic slip.

He explores the illusory optical effects that are commonly experienced in two-dimensional fields, especially black and white Op Art paintings. These phenomena brought him to question why that happens and what if these are applied onto three-dimensional ceramic artworks.

His works are a research in how the perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms can be manipulated by the application of arrangements of bands on their surfaces. Depending on the arrangement of tonal bands, using gradients of width, interval or tone and contrast, illusory spatial phenomena can appear and thus significantly influence the actual three-dimensional forms.