Portraits and Human Bodies
A significant number of paintings by Kim Chong Yung are mostly drawings of human bodies such as families and friends. From anatomical sketches critically needed for sculptors to portraits of his family drawn with love and care, his sincere interest in humans are expressed throughout a range of his entire works. Every piece of his drawings on human bodies, including croquis using Chinese ink and brush and sophisticated description like esquisse, are precious materials displaying his matured and professional artistic touch.

“Even though I knew that Kim Chung Yung drew plenty of esquisses, I was surprised to find out that there were approximately eighty pieces of self-portraits. Those self-portraits showed an extraordinary speed of life from his youth to old ages in pencils and Chinese ink through his eloquent lines. Along with the artistic value of esquisse, it will be a very interesting topic of research why Kim constantly drew his face.” – Excerpt from the art book written by Jong-Tae Choi, Director of Kim Chong Yung Museum.

In calligraphy, he enjoyed writing Chuang-tzu’s Daejongsa, Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, and quotes of Chusa Jeong-Hui Kim about Geumgangan (sharp and critical eyes for seeing art works). All of them reflects his fundamental philosophy in art as he pursued the state of Buddha’s complete freedom in which one feels no longer bounded by anything. His works on calligraphy, landscape in ink and wash paintings, and flower paintings that resemble the Four Gracious Plants are all grand pieces in the modern art history of the 20th century.

Sculptures and Drawings
Drawings left in Kim’s sketchbook can be classified into esquisses serving as underdrawing for sculptures and sketches purely drawn for artistic works. The latter sketches are mostly face and landscape drawings and are themselves an independent work rather than serving as a drafting process for specific sculptures. Kim started drawing since 1940s, focusing on drawing faces of his friends and landscape around him during 1940s and 50s. In 1960s and afterwards, Kim did drawings mostly as part of drafting and polishing processes of his sculptures. It is in line with the change in his works of sculpting from human body to abstracts. - Excerpt from Gwang-Su Oh 2003.

Oil Paintings
Most of his oil paintings were drawn during his youth but there are a couple of landscape paintings painted during 1960s and 70s apart from the abstract paintings and portraits drawn in cubist style. The impressionist style expressed in his landscape paintings drawn at Whimoon Middle School was commonly found in most of the students’ works at the art class of Whimoon Middle School. However, Kim’s unique cubistic touch in design and objects reminds viewers of the sculpting style later found in his works. The number of oil paintings is few compared to that of drawing and calligraphy paintings, but they serve as important art pieces displaying his artistic style in colors and plane design, which are relatively hard to express in sculptures.