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Helen Kim is an abstract artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied architecture at Cornell University where she received her Bachelor of Architecture degree, and upon graduation moved to Boston and eventually San Francisco to pursue her career. After 15 years in the field, she embarked on a different creative venture and opened Urban Knitting Studio in San Francisco's Hayes Valley, where she operated her retail business and taught knitting classes for 7 years. When asked how knitting and architecture were related, her response was "Knitting is designing and constructing, just with a different medium." When she began painting she realized how this sentiment rang true for all mediums, including drawing and collage, in which she works.


Drawing is Helen's first love. When she started painting, her lyrical lines and marks naturally made their way onto the surface with oil and cold wax to visually narrate her life's story. Memories and emotions are expressed through colors, shapes and lines, all of which have been instrumental in developing her personal vocabulary. 

Solo Exhibition

2023, Seventh Sense, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA

Selected Exhibitions

2023, The de young Open 2023, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2023, 102nd Anniversary, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

2023 San Francisco Open Studios, San Francisco, CA

2023, Art Auction, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

2023, Silicon Valley Open Studios, Menlo Park CA

2023, Hot and Cold: Wax Artists of CA, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

2023, Pint Size Exhibition, Transmission Gallery, Francisco, CA

2023, Inspirare Exhibition, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

2022-23, Urban Landscape Juried Exhibition, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA

2022-23, 101st Anniversary Exhibition, 8 works selected, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

2022, Drawing My Stories, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

2022, Abstraction Exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

2022, Member Exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA


2022, Second Place, Firefly, Pacific Art League 101st Anniversary Exhibition, Palo Alto, CA

2022, Honorary Mention, Twenty Four; Pacific Art League Abstraction Exhibition, Palo Alto, CA

2022, Honorary Mention, Russian Hill; Pacific Art League Member Exhibition, Palo Alto, CA


Member, San Francisco Advocacy for National Museum of Women in the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Member, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC


2023, Morning Page Workshop with Helen Kim, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA


2022, Dec. 23, "Pacific Art League Celebrates 101 Years with Art of All sizes," Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online, featuring Summer Night and Firefly award mention


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