Born in Israel 1974, Shay Kun is known for his hyper-surrealistic style in which a single object- the hot air balloon- reappears often. Inspired by hand carved hot air balloon toys that his parents both of whom are Holocaust survivors, brought with them to Israel Kun’s work is acutely aware of visual culture. He is able to contrast the sentimentality of the hot air balloons with the digital and electronic imagery of his generation. In other words, his paintings highlight the decay of the artificial with that of the natural in order to create something entirely organic and removed from the original image. When referring to his own work Kune says, “The source material usually gives my work a bit of a sinister feeling, but there is also a certain longing, a lyrical aspect running through everything I do.”
Kun’s work is an interpretation of his reality and he focuses on the mechanism of perception rather than the actual subject.
His work has been published in Time Out Magazine, Huffington Post, the Boston Globe, and NY Observer. Exhibits include LaMontagne Gallery, “Sum of Its Parts,” and Hezi Cohen Gallery, “Corners of Our Mind.” His work can be found at Bill Lowe Gallery and Expressions Art Gallery