Searching for the veiled beauty of a face

Human's being face reflects the mixture of their own unique character and identity with their life. Isn't it the reason every day we look at a mirror to see and check our face? At the same time, we paint in our minds the most ideal portraits of ourselves. I guess that is a human nature. I believe, therefore, a great portrait must contain and express the model's unique identity and their life journey as well as the likeness. I think this is the main difference and difficulty of portrait painting compared to other painting genre. 19th century's famous american portrait painter Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951) and Lilla Cabot Perry (1848-1933) produced many portraits of their families for this reason; to reflect the models' unique identities. I have painted many portraits so far, but I select the portraits of my family, my close friends and relatives for my first solo exhibition. In addition, there are several celebrities portraits and landscape paintings.

 Ten years ago, when I was dispatched to a small city branch office, I had a good chance to see and feel the beauty of mother nature. The city located in southern part of Korea and it was very close to seashore. Almost everyday, I saw beautiful sunrise and sunset with sea waves. Sometimes, I saw huge waves with thunder storm. Regardless a daily weather condition, mother nature's masterpieces were magnificent. I took lots of photos, but after for a while, I felt photo was not enough to express the depth of the mother nature's beauty. It was the starting point of my painting. Looking back on those days, I thanks for the chance to awake my artistic passion and instinct. Thus, my first period paintings were mostly landscape paintings. After several years later as being an amateur painter, portrait genre induced my artistic interests. I found that each men's face reflects his or her connotative character. Especially, elderly people's faces silently expose their long life journey they have been through. So, I was anxious to paint their portraits to express their comprehensive and unique identity on my canvas.

As a member of ASOPA (American Society Of Portrait Artists), I have accessed to traditional and classical oil painting portrait technique. This technique was often used by Holland painters such as Rembrandt (1606-1669) and Rubens (1577-1640) as well as by Spanish painter Velazquez (1599-1660). They applied glazing technique which is that using transparent colors and opaque colors repeatedly to make a vivid color of human being's face. Also, they often used Damar resin to make many layers on their paintings, though it took a long time and many efforts. By this way, they could express in-depth and blending color tones in their portraits.

I was also attracted to 19th-20th centuries' American Impressionism painters such as Guy Rose, Edgar Alwin Payne, Willard Metcalf, Theodore Robinson. They tried to combine Realism and Impressionism in their art works. When painters look at the great landscape, they sketch the beauty of mother natures in their minds with their own colors and they paint the landscape on their canvas. I tried to apply glazing technique on my landscape paintings as long as it represents mother natures own color tones. Famous American landscape painter Edgar Alwin Payne (1882-1947) said "When painters sketch mother nature's great landscape, they often encounter one serious issue which is Realism vs. Originality. They ask to themselves which is a better way to sketch the landscape. Most painters pursue their own originality based on their imaginative ability, but it might disturb inducing an awesomeness for the great mother nature's beauty". (from Composition of Outdoor Painting) I tried to find out the most balanced feature of mixing Impressionism and Realism in my landscape paintings. As most people has some mystic feelings when they encounter mother nature, if painters can sketch the mother nature as Realism, it could be very exciting art works. In addition, if they add Impressionism on their paintings according to their paintings' topic and atmospheres, it must be the most balanced mixture of Realism and Impressionism. This could be my major objective which I have been pursuing so far.

Finally, I send my special thanks to my family who encouraged me to continue paintings as my hobby for a long time. Also, I thank to professional painter Mr. Kyong Reoul Kim who gave me a great teaching and encouragement and I thank to professional couple painters Mr. Ki Ho Park and his wife, professional painter Mr. Chul Shik Chang who shared their valuable times with me in Dang-Jin, Chung-Nam. In addition, I thank to Mrs. Jae Ok Lee, the Chief Branch Officer of Ahn-Yang Artists Association and to members of Ahn-Yang Artists Association of KFAA(Korean Fine Arts Association) 

Profile

1995 Completed College of Business Administration Advanced Management Program, Seoul National University

2004~2006 Completed Institute of Fine Arts & Design Education, The Hongik University

<Solo Exhibition>

(2012) 10th Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait & Landscape Invitational Exhibition (KEPCO Art center Gallery, Seoul)

(2010) 9th Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait Paintings of National Patriots, Invitational Exhibition (Pyeong Chon Art Hall)

(2010) 8th Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait Paintings of National Patriots, Invitational Exhibition (Ahn, Joong Keun Patriotic Memorial Hall, Seoul)

(2009) 7th Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait & Landscape Invitational Exhibition (Avenuel , Lotte Art Gallery,Seoul)

(2008) 6th Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait & Landscape Invitational Exhibition (Anyang, Lotte Gallery)

(2008)  5th Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait & Landscape Exhibition (Gallery La Mer, Seoul)

(2006) 4th Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait & Landscape Invitational Exhibition (KEPCO Plaza Gallery, Seoul)

(2005)  3rd Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait & Landscape Invitational Exhibition (KEPCO Plaza Gallery, Seoul))

(2005) 2nd Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait & Landscape Invitational Exhibition (Lotte Gallery, Busan) 

(2004)   1st Solo Exhibition : Choyeung Portrait & Landscape Invitational Exhibition (KEPCO Plaza Gallery, Seoul)

<Selected Group Exhibition >

(2013) The Anyang Branch of KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) Annual Grape Art Exhibition (Anyang Art Center, Midam Gallery) 

(2013) The Anyang Branch of KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) - 38th Annual Exhibition (Anyang Art Center, Midam Gallery) 

(2013) Entry of Korea Fine Art members Encyclopedia 

(2012) The 17th International DA-DUN Fine Arts Exhibition of Taichung City, Taiwan 

(2012) The Annual Exhibition of Suwon Catholic Church Artists (Suwon Art Gallery) 

(2012) The 15th Exhibition of Korea Professional Artists Association   

(2012) Entry of Invitational Exhibition of KEPCo Art Center Gallery   (KEPCO Plaza Gallery, Seoul))

(2011) International Figure Painting Competition (New York, Manhattan Salmagundi Gallery) 

(2011) The Invitational Group Exhibition of Korea Catholic Artist Association ( (Seoul Art Center)  

(2010) Korea-China Artist Group Exhibition (Anyang City, Midam Gallery)  

(2011) The Invitational Exhibition of Catholic Church (Bijeon-dong  Catholic Church)

(2011) The Annual Exhibition of Korea Professional Artist Association  (Seong-Nam Art Center)) The Invitational Exhibition of National Congress, Portrait 

(2010) The Invitational Exhibition of Suwon Catholic Church (Geonggi Culture And Art Hall)

(2010) The Anyang Branch of KFAA, Elder Masters Special Exhibition (Anyang Midam Gallery)

(2010) The Geonggi Branch of KFAA, Elder Masters Special Exhibition (Geonggi Culture And Art Hall)

(2010) The Anyang Branch of KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) - 34th Annual Exhibition (Anyang, Art Park) Annual Exhibition (Anyang,Alvarosiza Hall)

(2009) The Anyang Branch of KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) - 33th Annual Exhibition (Anyang, Art Park) Annual Exhibition (Anyang, Alvaro Siza Hall)

(2009) The Invitational Exhibition of Catholic Church ( Mateo Catholic Church)

(2008) Special Selection of Fine Art Work, Collection of  The Korea National Museum of Contemperary 

(2008) Anyang Vision Expo Exhibition, Best Artists Annual Invitational Exhibition (Anyang Science University)

(2008) The Anyang Branch of KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) - 32th Annual Exhibition (Anyang, Art Park) and Annual Exhibition (Anyang,Alvarosiza Hall)

(2007) The Anyang Branch of KFAA, Elder Masters Special Exhibition (Anyang Lotte Gallery)

(2007) The Geonggi Branch of KFAA, Best Artists Annual Invitational Exhibition (Seongnam Art Center)

(2007) The Invitational Exhibition of ChungAng Catholic Church (John Catholic Church)

(2007) The Anyang Branch of KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) - 32th Annual Exhibition (Anyang, Art Park) and Annual Exhibition (Anyang,Alvarosiza Hall)

(2007) The Invitational Exhibition of Catholic Church ( Wol-Jeon, Surisan and Yeongtong Catholic Church)

(2006) The Invitational Exhibition of KFAA <Korean Fine Art Association> (Seoul Art Center)  

(2006) The Anyang Branch of KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) - 31th Annual Exhibition (Anyang,Culture & Art center and 1st Street of Anyang City- Gallery)

(2006) The Invitational Exhibition of ChungAng Catholic Church (Anyang, ChungAng Church)

(2006) KSOPA(Korean Society Of Portrait Artists), The First Group Exhibition (Seoul, KEPCO Plaza Gallery)

(2005)   Specially selected and received a prize from Hongik Univ. Institute of Fine Arts & Design Education, -19th Annual Exhibition (Seoul, Hongik Univ. Contemporary Art Center)

(2005) The Anyang Branch of KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) - 30th Annual Exhibition (Anyang,Culture & Art Center)

(2004) The Geonggi Branch of KFAA, Best Artists Annual Invitational Exhibition (Peongtaek Lake Museum)

(2004) The Anyang Branch of KFAA, Best Artists 13th Annual Invitational Grape Festival Art Exhibition (Anyang City,Culture & Art center)

(2004) The Anyang Branch of KFAA,  29th Annual Exhibition (Anyang City,Culture & Art center)

(2004) The Anyang Branch of KFAA, 6 Elder Masters Special Exhibition (Anyang City,Lotte Gallery)

(2003,2001) The Anyang Branch of KFAA, 28th, 26th Annual Exhibition (Anyang City,Culture & Art center)

(1999)   The Dangjin Branch of KFAA, Annual Exhibition (Dangjin -gun,Culture & Art center)

(2000,1998) Specially selected and received a Gold Prize from the KEPCO(Korea Electric Power Corporation) 14th,15th Art Annual Competition

<Award>

(2012) Specially selected and received a prize from The 17th International DA-DUN Fine Arts Exhibition of Taichung City, Taiwan 

(2011) Specially selected and received a prize from International Figure Painting Competition (New York, Manhattan, Salmagundi Gallery) 

(2005) Specially selected and received a prize from the MPVA, Bohoon Art Competition (Seoul International Design Center)

(2008,2002,2000,1999) Specially selected and received a prize from the KFAA, Gwanark Art Competition(Anyang City,Culture & Art center)

<Present>

KSOPA (Korean Society Of Portrait Artists) Director

KFAA (Korean Fine Arts Association) Member

AFAA (Anyang Fine Arts Association ) Member

KPAA(Korea Professional Artists Association)

Sucami (The Union Of Suwon Catholic Artist) Member 

Recommended Artist of The Gwanark Contemporary Art Competition

<Contact>  

<Homepage : Choyeung Art Gallery>

<Foreign Website>

http://www.artbreak.com/choyeungart   

<E-mail> 12hojung@hanmail.net         12hojung@naver.com      

<Telephone> (CP) 82 10-8263-8151    (Atelier) 82 31-344-7309