I majored in animation at a four-year art college and worked at a design company for more than 6 years.
After that, I quit my job and studied about picture books which I was interested in.
However, as I studied more and more, I thought that painting an image was more appropriate to me than
a picture book with a story and I am painting personally after graduation.
Recently, I participated in the small art fair held in Seoul, Korea twice.
I’m trying to look inside and understand anxiety, tension, and loneliness, and I want to express it with images.
It is in the process of meeting more closely with the inner self by growing up through constant search and reflection.
I think it can be a medium to communicate, empathize, and understand others through work
I mainly paint portraits and landscapes of women.
When I paint, I value my feelings and unconsciousness. and
I want to fuse simple, design, and painting elements at the same time.
Colors also make up a large part of my work, and I want to express surreal, gloomy but mysterious beauty.
I hope you will feel a unique beauty that evokes strange feelings through my work.
Hi Park! When did you begin painting and how did you get started?
Park: I have had a dream of becoming an artist since I was young. Later, while studying various things such as animation, design, and picture books, I realized that expressing messages with one image rather than a story-based book was suitable for my tendency. And as I was exposed to oil painting, I realized its charm, and I think that oil paints are the best material to embody my way of working.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Park: These days I’m working on portraits of women, and landscapes. When I work with oil paints, I value the feelings that come from colors. I want to express a surreal and gloomy feeling and mysterious beauty. I hope it’s a painting that evokes strange feelings.
You say when you paint you value your feelings and unconsciousness. Could you please expand a bit more on that?
Park: I don’t set much before I start painting. colors and moods things like that… I’ve thought about it a little bit, but there’s a lot of improvisation, so I don’t know what kind of painting will be completed. When I draw a picture, my mood and situation are reflected in the picture. Following my feelings like that often leads to unexpected new results, but it’s like me and natural.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Park: The portrait of a woman projecting my figure is another of my self-portraits. And it’s about relationships that eventually want to connect with others. I think the difficulty of human relations, the loneliness, and the feeling of isolation from childhood have influenced the painting. I think the static and gloomy emotions of the character, anxiety, and rigidity, on the other hand, and optimistic tendencies were mixed up and reflected in the painting.
What artists influenced you the most and why?
Park: I am constantly influenced by many painters and contemporary painters of the nineteenth century. I like many different painters, but I especially like works with strong colors and naives. Felix Vallotton is one of them, and his paintings are both hopeful and gloomy with intense colors and have a concise, flat, and bold composition.
Also, the flowing lines I use were influenced by Oriental painting. It seems to have been influenced by oriental line, by the process of such as painting nude pictures with ink on the brush and painting Korean landscapes. Since I’m Korean, I’m naturally attracted to the traditional feeling and it’s reflected in the picture.
How does creating art make you feel?
Park: I think it’s special to create something on your own. I feel like I’ve become a special person when I’m absorbed in completing work. And the thought that I am doing what I really want makes me feel alive. When I do work, I can be who I really am.
Your art is very unique. What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Park: To express the feeling of an accurate and natural character and try to balance it. and sometimes it’s hard to fully immerse my emotions when it’s not my thing. It seems important to go through many trials and errors once. There are many things that I realize while painting and Sometimes I do nothing and look at pictures. In the process, it has been completed by adding or subtracting little by little.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Park: You can only access the pictures through Instagram now, but you will be able to enjoy them through online galleries in the future.
Instagram : haru_parkjihyun
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Park: I think there will be an opportunity to present the work through an online exhibition early next year.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Park: I think I’ll have to work hard to make my paintings more valuable than art. I want to make a piece that can be comforting if I impress someone and look at my artwork. Finally, if I can be a medium to empathize and communicate with each other through my paintings, I think it is worth more than art.
What are your plans for the future?
Park: First, I will develop the topic that I am doing now and work on another new topic that I planned. Now, the goal is to work hard for online exhibitions and then hold individual exhibitions. In the future, I want to get together with the right people to do various joint projects.