Originally from South Korea, Jun Kim left his hometown and settled in Sydney, Australia at an early age. After having started up a profitable business, he decided to pursue his higher education at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating with a BA in Media and Communications with applied Illustration in 2013, he is now completing an MA in Brands, Communications and Culture at the same establishments.
An expert in linocut printmaking, Kim is strongly influenced by his research in Cultural sociology, being deeply inspired by the likes of Roland Barthes. Through his prints, Kim challenges pre-given stereotypes through the questioning of semiotic terms, but instead of simply breaking them, he interestingly bids to “re-stereotype” them, reconfiguring the text’s layers of meaning.
Having obtained a First Class degree in his final illustration project, Kim has previously exhibited at the Goldsmiths Media and Communications 2013 Degree Show, and is now the co-founder of Arnis Purple.