George Billis Gallery LA (GBGLA) hosted an artist reception for “Ryan Kim: In My Garden V” on June 25, 2022, but there is still time to catch the exhibition – it runs through July 2, 2022.  The exhibition features the artist’s newest botanical paintings.

Artwork by Ryan Kim; courtesy of the artist, and GBGLA

During the time when the world stopped due to an invisible virus with so many unknowns, Ryan Kim was in the garden. Through the instability of the last two years, the flowers bloomed with the seasons as they have for eons.  And as is flowers’ nature, they bloom and share their beauty and then wither when it is time.

As he prepares to paint, Kim meditates on how the blooms can best be captured on the canvas.  He spends time with the flowers, pondering their essential forms and colors.  When he paints, he attempts to depict them in their purest form. He paints using various techniques, sometimes with intensity and sometimes with restraint, but always with an energy that bursts out of the canvas.  There is a rawness to the lines and a power to the colors.

For Kim, flowers speak to inevitability and to the beauty inherent in life and in people.  There is a time and a season for everything and that we must trust that things happen at the right time and for a reason.

On view: June 25, 2022 – July 2, 2022

What: “Ryan Kim: In My Garden V”
Where: George Billis Gallery LA, 2716 S La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034
Phone: 310-838-3685