Eemyun Kang (Pusan, Korea) previously studied at Ewha University, Seoul, Korea and The Slade School of Fine Art, London. From the Imposing, large-scale to the intimate small-scale the beautiful oil paintings investigate the relationship between nature and mythology. Gestural brushwork allows imagery to remain in flux between abstraction and figuration, in a dramatic state of perpetual becoming and metamorphosis.
Ben Pritchard (Detroit, USA) previously studied at School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Referring to the development of gestural abstraction in painting, Pritchard also acknowledges the impact of the everyday, visual cacophony that surrounds us. His paintings vary from diminutive to monumental; these shifts in size reflect the ever-changing parameters of responses, ideas and intuitions that inform his poetic interest in colour, line and form.
They are both final year postgraduate students and will be exhibiting comprehensive solo presentations in the annual exhibition of students' work from 17 - 28 June 2009 in the Royal Academy Schools. Established in 1768 as an integral element of the Royal Academy, the Schools' environment is unique. This distinguished heritage provides a rich setting in which the students can develop their individual practices, with each tightly knit year group adding a new chapter to the Schools' history and the possibilities of contemporary art making.The Royal Academy Schools final show profiles the high quality work of 18 exciting new artists that has been developed over the three-year period of their intensive studies. The spectrum of work this year ranges from luscious expressive painting, through graphic pop sculpture to darkly ominous photography. The show provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view exceptional work from an ambitious generation of international artists that rigorously questions what it means to be producing visual art in 2009.