Jieun June Kim (she/her)
Jieun June Kim is a Toronto based, Korean born painter, muralist, and art producer. She holds a BFA in Korean Painting and Fashion Design with honours from Duksung Women’s University (Seoul, Korea) and a MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University (St. Louis, USA). She has exhibited her paintings around the world since 2010 at notable galleries and events, exploring the idea of “home” as an immigrant.
As an expansion of her studio work, Jieun is also interested in creating safe spaces through street art. She has created numerous murals with various arts organizations such as The STEPS Initiative, City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto as well as corporate partners such as Samsung, Up Canada and Collective Arts Brewery.
She is a recipient of the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant from the Toronto Arts Council (2018) and was selected as one of the artists-in-residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (2019). She is co-founder of KJ Bit Collective which produces murals and street art events, and is a member of the Mural Routes program advisory committee team.
685 Westminster Ave
ABOUT / ARTIST STATEMENT
Jieun’s paintings are inspired by Korean folk arts. One of her favourite Korean symbols or folklore characters is Horangi, the tiger. Tigers are revered as guardians and divine spirits and symbolize courage and power in Korean folklore and myth. Tiger is in the symbolic role of protector, guarding against the three disasters (fire, flood, and wind) and the three agonies (war, famine, and pestilence). During these challenging times, Jieun feeks the tiger to be a perfect source of inspiration.