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Art by Shay Kun

Please find artworks by Shay Kun presented at Kings gallery

Shay Kun is an Israeli-born artist famous worldwide for his hyper-surrealist and photorealist works. The painter has turned over the landscape tradition. Especially, he works on a post-modern interpretation of the Hudson River School movement, a mid-19th century American landscapists group. These painters found the inspiration in Romanticism artworks. In general, Shay Kun’s art embodies in three series: Tear Drops, Lift Off (Hot Air Balloons), and Slums.  

Early life

Shay Kun was grown up by two artists, Holocaust survivors Zeev and Heddy Kun. The talant of the young artist was recognized at an early age. Furthermore, his first exhibition had already hapened, when he turned 18. After that he began his education at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (1998). An important point was his master degree at Goldsmiths, University of London (2000). Since then, he has resided in New York City.

Over the years,

The artist’s miraculous surrealistic style has obtained unique features. Shay Kun explores an original image and transforms it according to the perceptions opposed to the actual ones. He finds inspiration in very different things – city landscapes, nature or computer games. For example, his Hot Air Balloons series is an artistic fantasy, that combines different hardly connected objects and historical preiods. “Ottoman Jerusalem” shows the Holy City covered by a dozen of multicolored ballloons. Shay Kun changes the reality, all even usual objects acquire new interpretations. Particularly, the author works with contrasts and prejudices. New York decorated with bright joyful and calm air ballons is a new place with new mood. Moreover, “Manhattan Balloons” inspire to dream.

Shay Kun has always experimented with techniques and styles. His “Sunflower Field” created in the style of Post-Impressionism reminds of masterpieces by Van Gogh. The work is full of light and warmth. Magial colors captivate spectators.


Shay Kun inherited the Holocaust influence on his parents’ art. It can be noticed in his colorful utopian paintings, in which he deconstructs initial views and images. His mother depcited utopian landscapes of an ideal peaceful world. Conversely, his father, showed a dark collapsed world.

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. We strive to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary Israeli and International art. Especially, the gallery specializes in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. In addition, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will definitely be prominent names in the next few years.

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