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Artist Statement:

I’ve lived in Chicago for over 25 years. In that time, the city’s windows and doors and the rigid grid layout of the streets have crept into my paintings. Exposed pipes, plumbing, and wires have become part of my work. I translate and superimpose the landscape of the city onto the human mind, melding the two—injecting humanity into the cold urban environment, and structure and right angles onto the mind. 

I want my work to reveal the contradictious and complex elements that exist in humans. Gravity, violence, grace, humour, and beauty all coexist—which can be both exquisite and perverse. I portray it by exposing and intertwining the hidden with the obvious—pulling the inside out and pushing the outside in.

I approach the canvas as if making a three-dimensional sculpture. Content, depth and movement are what matter the most. I want the painting to move and shift for the viewer. Figures, mostly abstract, are constructed from lines. I use color as space, to make space, to box space. 



B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Studied toward MFA degree

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Mobility student from RISD, BFA program
Awards and Residencies:
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant 2021-2022
Chicago Cultural Center Honorarium, Dept of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL
CAAP Grant, City of Chicago, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, 2011
Evanston Art Center 20th Biennial, Juror's Award, Evanston, IL, 2010
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL

Philip Morris Scholarship, MFA, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Grant,  Skowhegan, ME

Florence Leif Award, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo Exhibitions:


Duk Ju L. Kim: Moving In One Space, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL


Duk Ju L. Kim: de-skinned, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2018 de-skinned: Duk Ju L. Kim: Recent Work, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
2017 Alternative Reality, The Learning Machine, Chicago IL 
2013 Being Paint: Duk Ju L. Kim, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago IL
2011 Vicissitude, Antena Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 Things that move in one space, MN Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 Duk Ju L. Kim, solo exhibition, Taller Mestizarte Gallery, Chicago. IL
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2023 Zg Spring Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2022 The Research House of Asian Art, Chicago, IL
Zg Gallery 20th Anniversary Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2021 Zg Summer Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2020 The New (ab)Normal, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2019 Work at Play, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL


Group Show, Grace Jane Projects, Chicago, IL


Mindstreams: Contemporary Paintings in Chicago, Triton College, Fine Arts Gallery, River Grove, IL
Chicago Connect, EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery, Sheboygan, WI


Franconia Sculpture Part Gallery at Cache, the Casket Carriage House Arts Quad, Minneapolis, MN
7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL
Heaven Knows! Group exhibition, Chicago, IL


L'Autoportrait, Galérie Epicéntré, Paris, France
On Paper, Group show: Duk Ju L. Kim, Kathleen Judge, Melody Williams, Sofia Moreno, Fissure Projects, Chicago, IL
Evanston Art Center & Vicinity Biennial 2010,  Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Strata: A Glimpse Into S. Chicago: Duk Ju L. Kim, John Salhus, Gabriel Villa, North Shore Country Day School, The John Almquist Gallery, Winnetka, IL


Indie/South. Indie Show, curated by Elizabeth Buchanan, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL
A Diverse Matter, Spectrum Studios, Staunton, VA


The First Annual Bridgeport All-Stars Exhibition, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL


High Life, 32nd Urban Gallery, Chicago, IL


Form and Flux, L'Orangerie, curated by Hannah Judson, Samois-sur-Seine, France
4 Chicagoans, Franconia Sculpture Park, participant and curator, Shafer, MN
Back to Basics - Part One "Drawings," Juniortown!, curated by Rodrigo Avila, Chicago, IL
Untitled: Preview of 7 Contemporary Chicago Artists, curated: Rodrigo Avila, Juniortown!, Chicago, IL
April Love (the annual artwork on cardboard), The Birdhouse Museum Chicago. IL
The Group Show: Exercise in Collaboration, curated: Ed Marszewski, The Iron Studios, Chicago, IL



The New Chicagoans, curated by Ed Marszewski, The Iron Studios, Chicago. IL
Crossing the Line, curated by Cathy Diamond, The Painting Center, NYC
Mechanisms, curator and participant, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
City Selections: Art from the Galleries, curated: Nathan Mason, City of Chicago's Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL


Little Utopias: Alterations of Everyday Life, curated by Ed Marszewski, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
Three, curated by John Hock, Gallery Co, Minneapolis, MN


Spring Benefit Exhibition and Art Auction, curated: John Brunetti, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL


La Miroiterie Presénte D'Artistes Americains, curated by Raha Raissnia, Group exhibition, La Miroiterie, 88 Rue de Ménilmontant, Paris, France


The Stray Show, alternative galleries' art fair, represented by MN Gallery, Chicago, IL
Blisster, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Bald Spots, Hothouse Gallery, Chicago, IL


New American Paintings: MW Competition Book, Juried by Emily Liebert, Assoc. Curator of Contemporary Art , The Cleveland Museum of Art "Duk Ju L. Kim "De-Skinned" at Zg Gallery, Chicago'"  reviewed Jan. 9, 2019


Chicago Reader: "Duk Ju L. Kim's paintings speak for themselves" by Dimitry Samarov, 2/23/18


NewCity Magazine: "Eye Exam: The Local Biennial,"  by Kate Tierny Powell, May 25, 2010

2004  "Three at gallery co.," by Ann Klefstad, Sept. 4, 2004
Pulse of The Twin Cities: "(3) at gallery co.,"  by Tom Schimmel, Aug. 11, 2004
Select Private and Public Collections:
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
Lake McTighe Strongheart, Portland, OR
Park Plaza Leeds, Leeds, England, UK

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