Owner & Artist Min Kim
The space and pace of life in the South Island are natural drivers of art appreciation which have given Cantabrians defined tastes and a respect for beauty uncommon in many of the world’s bustling centres, Bryce Gallery owner Min Kim says. However, transferring the majesty of an artwork from the shelter of a gallery to the functional and busy realities of home poses a challenge beyond selection, and special care is required to ensure the mood of a piece is not lost in the shift. Bryce Gallery, with its artist staff, is able to guide clients through the process of matching artworks and surrounds to whatever extent is needed, Min Kim says. “As artists we train to read all the tones, the whole picture. We always think about the balance of colour, the focal point, where it needs to be kept simple,” she says. “So we can quite easily work with the whole room.”
Min Kim, a classical impressionist who worked as an interior designer in South Korea, took over Bryce Gallery in March. With the gallery came an extensive collection of original paintings, sketches and sculptures that fills the rooms of the former show home in Riccarton. Her goal for the gallery is to continue exhibiting high-quality pieces by “hidden” artists alongside those of the region’s best-known talent. Min Kim says in most cases people viewing art know what they want and just need to be presented a refined selection. At other times, Bryce Gallery staff help people to a decision by considering the colours in a home, space available and a room’s dominant features. “Sometimes we take several works to a client’s house so they can display them and compare,” Min says. “If someone asks for advice, I’m quite happy to help.”
Rooms of varying size and shape at Bryce Gallery give viewers a good idea how pictures would look in a similarly modern home. More than 100 artworks in storage and a steady stream of new arrivals mean there is always a fresh selection to browse. Frames are chosen by the artists themselves – a process typically seen as the crowning aspect of an artwork – and Bryce Gallery can fit museum-grade glass upon request. A non-reflective glass by Tru Vue offers 99 per cent protection from ultraviolet rays, making it a good option for artworks displayed near windows, albeit an expensive one, Kim says. Bryce Gallery also regularly hosts weekend workshops for those looking to improve their own artistic skills. Tutored by Min, this month’s sessions cover oil portraits on June 18 and 19 and watercolours on July 2nd and 3rd.
To find out more about Bryce Gallery or to book a place in a workshop, phone 03 348 0064. The gallery is located on the corner of Riccarton Rd and Paeroa St and is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and weekends 10am-4pm.
We look forward to meeting you soon…
Min Kim, Sandie Brown & Jessica Thomas