Kim Hamisky is an artist born in Vietnam in 1943. Painter by training, Hamisky began as a lyrical abstractionist. During this period of lyrical abstraction, this artist exhibited at the Arnaud in Paris, works where the taste for craft techniques such as wood or sculpted lacquer appears in order to give his work an aspect of perfection. His paintings displayed a wonderfully flawless surface through which the background was visible, creating the impression of a tear or accident to the paint.
Over the years, key to his iconography was the modification of the functionality of objects as well as the reference to previous human action, as is brilliantly displayed in his famous bronze “Knot” and The Complex of Janus.
During the 1980s, Hamisky made a series of human heads, often using Japanese theater or the Art Deco style as a starting point. Its heads recall mythological archetypes as well as powerful magic rituals.
Exhibition Catalog Galerie Arnaud, Text by Michel Ragon
Catalog of the Guy Pieters Gallery published on the occasion of the Exhibition:
Kim Hamisky, Recent Sculptures, (1996-2002)
Text by Jean-Jacques Lévêque, 2002, Hamisky: The politics of air and wind
Texte de Jean-Jacques Lévêque, 2002, Hamisky : Les politiques de l’air et du vent