Kim Il Tae
South Korea | 1956
Kim Il Tae is the first and only artist in the world to have found a unique way to paint using 24K gold on canvas. Instead of using gold leaf, he painted a series of golden images on canvas that have never been seen or done in the art world. Born in South Korea in 1956, he studied oil painting in San Francisco in the 1990s. After 6 years in America, he returned to Korea to begin his artist career. As with many successful artist, his journey to success was met with challenges. Kim took 11 tough years to innovate a unique formula consisting of 24k gold, natural oils and a glue of his own, as well as an inimitable technique involving a chisel, fork and spoon to produce gold art.
Today, Kim’s groundbreaking formula and technique succeeds in preserving the lustre and sheen of gold on canvas. His gold paintings boast not to crack nor fade in colours even for 1,000 years. Kim’s grit and determination paid off as his gold art were critically acclaimed and brought to the halls of Saatchi Gallery, London in May 2016 for a 2-week solo exhibition. Amongst his followings of prestigious collectors are the likes of Prince Michael of Kent of British Royal Family, PSY (Korean celebrity) and Zhou Xun (Chinese artist).