Exploiting the illusory promises that hyperrealistic paintings make, Kang Hyung-Koo reincarnates Salvador Dali within the grand scale of his canvas in Dali (Eyes) (Lot 235) and Salvador Dali (Lot 236). The artist makes Dali's most definitely known, therefore bestowing the subject with a reclaimed sense of vitality.
In Dali (Eyes), the profound gaze of the subject's eyes forces the viewer to confront the immense energy of the Dali as he stares piercingly through our souls, intimidating and captivating us in the spell of his majestic presence. From Kang's meticulous record of his subject 's withered skin stems a sense of the swaying magnetism of awe and repulsion, the magnified detailing allowing for the deep pools of Dali's eyes to exude profound emotion. Though this flawlessly accurate depiction, the medium of aluminium for the composition to be bestowed with a quiet gravity as the image radiates transcendence and timelessness on its the glossy surface.
Depicted with an unusual mysterious aura, Salvador Dali imbues viewers with a feeling of suspense as his focused green eyes shuns any direct gaze. His skin is profusely creased as his life of experiences is woven into the reverberating texture of the echoing space of his flushed face, and his sharp grey eyes attest to his intellectual depth and worldly experience. The dark shadows on the canvas sing an ethereal tune, leaving viewers trapped in the enchantment of this theatricality.