The Future is Bright

The Future is Bright is an exhibition of seventeen original linocuts depicting man’s exploration of the furthest reaches of our universe – outer space and the ocean floor

The works are a collaboration between two artists, Briton Nicholas Bonner and North Korean Kim Kwang
 Nam. Having grown up under the influence of the Cold War in Britain and North Korea respectively, the two men share a nostalgia for the imagery of their childhoods and the excitement and promise of an imagined future. The Future is Bright is the result of these shared memories.

Planet Survey

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Nicholas Bonner has worked with several North Korean artists since first travelling to the DPRK in 1993. One of his most recent collaborations, Utopian Tours, led to a Golden Lion-winning exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 2014, he was in North Korea discussing the art he grew up with as a child. A local artist, Kim Kwang Nam brought out a comic book, surprised that they shared, and had both been simulated by, similar imagery. As with many of the projects Bonner has worked on in North Korea, this series developed through the input of both parties, but using the highly developed skills of the North Korean artist to create the final pieces.

Curator Doug Hall has brought out a collection of rare works by a North Korean artist, Kim Kwang Nam to Anna Schwartz Gallery

“Imbedded within the visual narrative of ‘The Future is Bright’ is a reflection of a utopian vision of North Korea. It is a socialism shaped by the influence of Soviet idealism, where science, exploration and the vastness of its imaginative reach might become part of a proletarian dream. In the case of ‘The Future is Bright’ western audiences might read it as an irony about one of the least visited places on the planet. But in reality, it’s about the imagination of childhood realised again as an adult, an imagination born out of circumstances where the individual imagination usually remains unseen.”

Curator Doug Hall who co-curated the exhibition at the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Artist:
Kim Kwang Nam
Born 24th Sep, 1953, he graduated from Pyongyang Art University in 1972, and has worked for Mansudae Art Studio, Pyongyang,  since 1993.

Selected Artworks

Space-Scene

Space Scene
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID: L029

Animals

Animals
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L027

Animals and Plants

Animals and Plants
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L024

Reflection of a Rocket

Reflection of Rocket
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 60 x 69.5 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L019

Undersea World

Undersea World
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 59.5 x 70 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L016

Underwater Research

Underwater Research
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 99 x 40 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L023

Inside the Submarine

Inside the Submarine
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 29.5 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L028

Filtration Under the Sea

Filtration Under the Sea
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L025

Rocket fired toward the planet

Rocket Fired Towards Planet
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L028

Planet Survey

Planet Survey
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L026

Space Man Reflected in Helmet

Spaceman Reflected in Helmet
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L030

Local-Space-Transport

Local Space Transport
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L015

Satellite Maintenance

Satellite Maintenance
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L020

Deep Space Mining

Deep Space Mining
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L022

World Rescue Team

World Rescue Team
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L021

running low on oxygen

Running Low on Oxygen
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L018

Underwater-Photography.

Conservation of the Sea
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L017

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

Further Commissioned Works

High-Tension-Line
Art of Cinema
A collection of hand painted film posters depicting iconic films and actors
Read more.
Single Hearted Unity Cover
Single Hearted Unity
Regular exhibitions of hand-painted propaganda posters we would like to distinguish from the fine art which we commission
Read more.
Great Harvest of the Sea
Great Harvest of the Sea
Ship and port themed linocuts by artist Hwang In Jae
Read more.
Heroines and Villains 80 x
Heroines and Villains
Unique comic book linocut experiment, Heroes and Villains
Read more.