The Beautiful Future

North Korean Artwork Commissioned by Koryo Studio.

A collection of eight paintings by a group of North Korean artists working in collaboration with a pair of British creatives, Nicholas Bonner and Dominic Johnson-Hill. The show debuted in Caochangdi as part of Beijing Design Week 2013, before moving to Art Labor gallery in Shanghai, and then the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan. The images also became a huge hit in China where they were the top trending item for three days straight on Weibo (China’s Twitter, with more than 300 million active users).

Our Story

Nicholas Bonner of Koryo Studio and Dominic Johnson-Hill of Plastered 8, Beijing’s most famous streetwear brand, are both Brits with decades of experience in China to their name. During that time the country they call home has changed at breakneck speed, with endless debate and discussion from around the world, which inspired the duo to explore the topic through a prism left untouched by all others — North Korea. Thus, Bonner and Johnson-Hill sought to use their connections and creativity to provide a platform for North Korea’s oft-ignored artists to add their voice and unique outlook to the debate.

 

The Beautiful Future – An Imagined Beijing

Each of the eight pieces that make up The Beautiful Future were painted in Pyongyang, and based on sketches by Bonner and Johnson-Hill, who provided the North Korean artists with ideas drawn from their time in China. Together — over a period of two years — they created an imagined Beijing, where strong socialist traditions are sharply juxtaposed with present-day pleasures and symbols of China’s unprecedented development. And so a group of outsiders with very different backgrounds combined to take a fresh look at China’s past, present and future, with The Beautiful Future portraying a place lost in time — where socialism is both celebrated yet fits awkwardly with modern day living.

CCTV TOWER WITH BOUNTIFUL HARVEST

Selected Artworks

'BIRDS NEST, HOME OF THE PEOPLE' 73.5 x 103 Gouache on paper

Birds Nest, Home of the People
Year: 2013
Size: 73.5 x 103 cm
Gouache on paper

Disco Night to Enhance the Day

Disco Night to Enhance the Day
Year: 2013
Size: 73.5 x 103cm
Gouache on paper

Glorious CCTV Tower

Glorious CCTV Tower
Year: 2013
Size: 84 x 117.5 cm
Gouache on paper

KTV Gives Us a Voice

KTV Gives Us a Voice
Year: 2013
Size: 73.5 x 103cm
Gouache on paper

Office Culture for Prosperity

Office Culture for Prosperity
Year: 2013
Size: 73.5 x 103 cm
Gouache on paper

Water Cube for Clean Air Healthy Life

Water Cube for Clean Air & Healthy Life
Year: 2013
Size: 73.5 x 103 cm
Gouache on paper

CCTV TOWER WITH BOUNTIFUL HARVEST

CCTV Tower with Bountiful Harvest
Year: 2013
Size: 117.5 x 85 cm
Gouache on paper

City Migration

City Migration
Year: 2013
Size: 103 x 73.5 cm
Goucahe on paper

Artworks featured in Commissions are available for sale. Please inquire with us about availability.

Further Commissioned Works

Great Harvest of the Sea
Great Harvest of the Sea
Ship and port themed linocuts by artist Hwang In Jae
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#85. CHON YONG SIK, 58, Bookshop Manager, Majon Guesthouse Resort
Photography: Matjaž Tančič
A series of more than 100 3D portraits of local North Koreans by this award winning photographer
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A Night in Pyongyang
Photographer Werner Kranwetvogel looking at the core elements of the Mass Games
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Tourist Map of Pyongyang
Gareth Fuller’s artworks are available as a special signed edition of 1,000 affordable silkscreen prints
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November 6, 2020
Glorious CCTV Tower

The Beautiful Future

October 20, 2020

Christmas Sale

October 9, 2020

Women at Work

September 1, 2020

The North Korean Film Studio Posters

August 28, 2020
Single Hearted Unity Cover

Single Hearted Unity

Hand painted propaganda posters depicting political and social messages
May 25, 2020

A Night in Pyongyang

Photographer Werner Kranwetvogel looking at the core elements of the Mass Games
March 2, 2020

The Grand Tour: D.P.R.Korea

6A hugely ambitious project - Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer on a 60 night tour
February 25, 2020
Look! The Destiny of US Imperialism (2)

Anti-imperialist Propaganda

An exhibition of anti-imperialist propaganda aimed firmly at North Korea’s enemies Japan and USA
February 24, 2020

Model City: Pyongyang

A unique photographic journey through the socialist architecture and grand visions of DPRK’s capital
February 17, 2020
Heroines and Villains 80 x

Heroines and Villains

Unique comic book linocut experiment, Heroes and Villains
February 11, 2020

Tourist Map of Pyongyang

Gareth Fuller’s artworks are available as a special signed edition of 1,000 affordable silkscreen prints
February 4, 2020
#85. CHON YONG SIK, 58, Bookshop Manager, Majon Guesthouse Resort

Photography: Matjaž Tančič

A series of more than 100 3D portraits of local North Koreans by this award winning photographer
October 12, 2019
Single Hearted Unity Cover

Single Hearted Unity

Hand painted propaganda posters depicting political and social messages
October 12, 2019
Higher and Higher

‘Starting Work’ series

Limited edition linocuts exhibited at Verbeelde Werkelijkheid: Kunst uit Noord-Korea’
October 12, 2019
Great Harvest of the Sea

Great Harvest of the Sea

Ship and port themed linocuts by artist Hwang In Jae
October 12, 2019
Guarding-the-Skies

The Spiritual Core of Korea

Iconic roles of females in North Korean society
October 12, 2019
Reflection of a Rocket

The Future is Bright

Linocuts depicting man's exploration of outer space and ocean floor
October 12, 2019
High-Tension-Line

Art of Cinema

A collection of hand painted film posters depicting iconic films and actors