Hyperrealistic self-portrait by Hyung Koo Kang

Korean contemporary artist Hyung Koo Kang is gaining prominence for his dramatic large-scale portraits of celebrities such as Andy Warhol, but his self-portraits are the ones that really get me. Viewed as snapshots of his artistic growth, it is hard to escape the irony that these self-portraits are also the result of a creative rut: Kang starts a new self-portrait whenever he gets artist’s block.

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