Artist of the Week: Brian Kim
by The Milton Measure on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
This past winter, the Massachusetts Scholastic Art & Writing Awards organization granted Brian Kim (II) a Gold Key award for his artwork “Peek-A-Boo.” Brian’s talents not only recognized by the statewide contest, have also been highlighted on campus.
When asked about the inspiration for his artwork, Brian said that most of his work is based off of realistic depictions of objects and places. He has often questioned whether he lacked creativity or originality because of the simple origins of his work, but he remains confident because he believes that observing what he sees and translating it into a form of art is just as good as any creative process; since everyone’s mind processes the world differently, really any piece of work is as original as it can get. In general, Brian’s goal is to create art that embodies his thoughts and ideas so that his presence at Milton can outlast the 4 years he spends on campus.
Although Brian did not start his artistic career at Milton, he has definitely found a way to further explore his talents. Most of the time, Brian paints and draws to relieve stress and to clear his mind. He enjoys retreating to the AMC after a long and hectic day of school, as he thinks it is one of the nicest and quietest places on campus. As to what inspires him as an artist, Brian says that, although he doesn’t have an inspiring constant, the majority of his work is based off things in which he finds underlying humor. According to Brian, art is a way to rediscover the world as well as a way to find and enjoy the small merriments of life.
As a rising senior, Brian has some advice to offer for aspiring underclassmen artists: “Art is so much more than how well you can paint or draw. Milton can often be a tough environment for artists to develop, as academics and sports can often take priority over art. However, if you truly find art a passion, there is nothing stopping you from pursuing your goals, even if others advise you otherwise.”
Although Brian also hopes to tackle his other fields of interest, like science and math, we still have a lot more inspiring words and artistic work to look forward to from him, next year and beyond, as he plans to continue to develop his artistic abilities after his time at Milton.
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