‘Korea’s Madonna’ finds new calling as painter – Chosun Ilbo

Singer Kim Wan-sun, who only knew music after making his debut in his late teens, soon fell in love with oil painting.

Likened to pop icon Madonna in her late 1980s and early 1990s heyday, Kim first began painting while on vacation in Hawaii and attended Hawaii community college in 2008.

In July, Kim was invited to GalleryFeelApp’s first exhibition in Yongin, south of Seoul, to showcase the work of several well-known amateur painters.

Singer Kim Wan-sung stands in front of a self-portrait at Gallery FeelApp in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do on the 21st.

Kim exhibited 10 black-and-white works until the end of August, and most of them sold well.

She exploded onto the scene in 1986, and her dance moves made her hugely popular, but she didn’t stand still.

“I really appreciate all the attention because I found it fun to work on canvas and immerse myself in a new hobby,” she told Chosun Ilbo. I wanted to continue, but I couldn’t because I was too busy painting.”

Kim was finally able to start painting again during lockdown.

“It was early in my life that I started singing for a living,” she recalled. “I started working before I knew who I was. Looking back, it was very difficult. I became a big kid just to work.”

“At the time, I often struggled with fear of disappearing,” she added. I have a strong desire to do

As such, most of her paintings are self-portraits. “Painting myself is a kind of healing. I feel at peace and I can make up for my lost childhood,” Kim added.

Her goal is to continue making music and painting. “Music makes me happy because I can be with other people,” she says.

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