Jiwon Kwak

Jiwon Kwak
MA Sculpture // Royal College of Art ’20

Jiwon was born in Seoul, and is now based in London. His work is majorly influenced by hip hop culture; the elements of hip hop come from different regions and cultures, and he is interested in how different elements come together and create something new.

“Everything in this world follows its own power and order. They often collide with each other to create something new but also sometimes end up disappearing. My practice questions where power and order originate from and how it all began.

Thus my work revolves around the most fundamental question that humans have been asking from the beginning: it explores the collision among many existing things on earth. In questioning power and order, I continually create work through the experimentation of bringing things together. It provides awareness in the viewer’s mind that they are contributors of global society and allows them to think about living and prosperity.

Humankind has proven its existence throughout history by continuously challenging in various areas. Their desire to discover the unknown world was always strong. Endless effort of the challenges that humans are facing often brings deep disappointment but also gives an enormous amount of joy when things are successful. Untitled (Bread Man) portrays the mixed feelings of how humans fear the world they can not explore, yet are eager to explore at the same time.

This piece was inspired by:
TopMary Immaculate, The Lapidarium at the Art Collections Museum.
HeadPortrait of Vincenc Makovský, 1926-1928, Hana Wichterlová, National Gallery Prague.
ArmsIvory Crucifixion Christ, late 17th Century, Pierre Simon Jaillot, Masterpiece London.
Bottom: Kneeling Youth, 300 BC, Timotheus, Statens Museum for Kunst”.

In addition to practicing as a visual artist, Jiwon has also been a working as a breakdancer for the Arun Company since 2004. His past exhibitions include various artist-run spaces and academic institutions in London and Seoul.


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Untitled (Bread Man)
Paint on resin
60 x 60 x 90 cm


2018 – 2020
MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London.

2014 – 2018
BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London.


Royal College of Art Master of Arts Degree Show, London.
Prospective of Harmony, ARC Studio, Seoul.

Dear Damon, Royal College of Art Courtyard gallery, London.
Dirty Hands Revolution, Stand Point Gallery, London.
Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London.

Goldsmiths Undergraduate Degree show exhibition, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Goldsmiths ICCE X Art, London.

Fine Art Extension Degree, Goldsmiths, University of London.