The 47-year-old cartoonist Kim Jung Gi passed away “suddenly” from a heart attack. The South Korean artist holds the Guinness World Record for “longest drawing by an individual” and was renowned for his capacity to recreate intricate scenes totally from memory.
Collaborator Hyun Jin Kim revealed the artist’s passing on Monday, October 3, in a statement posted on Wednesday, October 5.
He added, “It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we inform you of the unexpected demise of Kim Jung Gi.
After completing his final schedule in Europe, Jung Gi headed to the airport to catch a flight to New York, where he sadly passed away after experiencing chest problems and was rushed to a neighbouring hospital for surgery.
You can finally put down your brushes after doing so much for us, Hyun continued. Many thanks to Jung Gi.
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Kim Jung Gi passed away on Monday evening in Paris, according to a statement from the Daniel Maghen Gallery, which is presently hosting an exhibition of Kim’s art. At the age of 47, the South Korean artist passed away from a heart attack.
“His abrupt disappearance stands in stark contrast to the tremendous joy he offered us. We cannot speak…
“All of our thoughts are with his wife and two children, as well as his friends and partners Jean-Christophe Curette, Boin Lee, and Kim Hyun Jin. and his followers, for whom his absence will create a significant hole.
They noted that at the request of Kim’s family, their show would remain open until Saturday, October 8.
Kim, who was born in Goyang-Si in 1975, showed an early interest in the arts and attended a fine arts school at the age of 1 before spending three years at Dong-Eui University in Busan.
He completed his two years of military service in the South Korean army’s Special Forces Unit.
Kim Jung Gi died of a heart attack last monday in Paris, where an exhibition is currently dedicated to him at Daniel Maghen gallery ;_; (which will stay open until October 8 as planned and in agreement with his family).https://t.co/G40Nz7zM25 pic.twitter.com/d11P16xHYr
— Catsuka (@catsuka) October 5, 2022
“Funny Funny” was the title of his debut manhwa (Korean comic book), which was released.
Later, Kim collaborated with other comic book creators, produced artwork for government buildings, illustrated books and music videos, and taught manhwa. He has six sketchbooks available.
In 2011, a YouTube video of him sketching in real-time at the Bucheon Comic Festival went viral.