person's face has a unique personality and character that cannot
be replaced by anything else, combined with the path of life.
face our own face several times a day and think about it for a
while. In doing so, we dream of an ideal version of ourselves.
This can be said to be human nature. Therefore, a good portrait
should basically have likeness to the subject, but more than
anything, it should reflect the person's identity and life
journey. Unlike other painting genres, this is the difficulty
that only portraits have.
Benson (1862-1951), a representative American portrait artist in
the 19th and 20th centuries, and Lilla Cabot Perry (1848-1933),
a female painter, mainly painted portraits of family members and
left behind excellent works. This exhibition mainly depicts
portraits of family members and acquaintances who have been
treated with affection for a long time, and there are also
portraits and landscape paintings of several famous people at
home and abroad.
reason I ventured into a new field called oil painting about 10
years ago was because I had the opportunity to stay in a place
where I could feel the beauty of nature at every moment. Since
my residence was located close to the coast, I was always able
to see majestic sunrises, crashing waves, and sometimes angry
storms. So, many of my early works contain scenes of the sea. At
the time, I felt the local life was dreary, but as I gradually
discovered the beauty of painting, I am now grateful for it.
I started taking portraits when I discovered the hidden beauty
in people's faces. Especially when we meet people who have
accumulated years of experience, all the hardships of life seem
to be written on their faces, and even their difficult lives are
sublimated into a beautiful and mysterious history that can be
seen from the eyes. I felt like I could see it spreading across
the entire face. In the context that only one work of art exists
in the world, if the human face is also a work of art, I wanted
to empathize with it by expressing it in a picture.
working as a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists
(ASOPA), the largest organization in the world, the artist was
introduced to portraits using classical techniques. This
technique was also used by the Dutch Rembrandt (1606-1669),
Rubens (1577-1640), and Velazquez (1599-1660) of Spain, a
traditional technique used by famous portraitists to reproduce
the truly subtle colors of the human face. , Using the glazing
technique of lightly repeatedly applying opaque paint several
times, or using Damar Resin to mix the dry film with paint and
apply it several times, blending the color into multiple layers,
even if it takes time and effort. ) is a method used to create
portraits of works with depth.
landscape that approaches with a faint longing...
general, when painters deal with nature, they filter what they
see and feel in their minds as overlapping shapes with their own
unique colors, lines, and planes, and then express them in their
works. When painting landscapes, the artist used glazing and
blending techniques as in portraits, and wanted to reproduce the
colors of nature at that moment as much as possible in the
expression of color.
expression method of the 19th and 20th century American
Impressionist painters, which began at about the same time as
European Impressionism: In other words, it was a combination of
Impressionism on the basis of Realism, and had the appeal of a
unique painting style that was different from that of Europe. I
feel it. In other words, many American painters such as Guy
Rose, Edgar Alwin Payne, Willard Metcalf, and Theodore Robinson
focused on the expression of realism, but went directly to
Europe and studied with artists such as Claude Monet. They met
and worked together near Giverny. In other words, they were
painters who combined each other in their own way by directly
interacting and experiencing the Impressionism of their native
Europe, and their works are becoming more valuable as time goes
particular, Edgar Payne (E.A. Payne 1882-1947), a famous
American impressionist painter, wrote in his book
"Composition of Outdoor Painting" that when facing
nature and painting, the artist expresses realism as it is
influence and the artist's artistic originality, the problem of
which side to judge and express is faced. Originality is
ultimately guided by the artist's imagination, but instead is
guided by the artist's sublime It is clearly stated that it is
actually a hindrance to arousing the awe of the truth of nature.
To put it simply, this kind of originality can be called
painterly quality. Although the artist's impression of nature
may sometimes be different, shouldn't it be the true form of
nature that cannot be hidden?
this perspective, I would like to continue to try to combine
realism and impressionism, which are inherent to each other in
landscape painting. In fact, just as we have a certain mystic
feeling when we approach nature with a pure heart, if the
subject of a painting is expressed excellently based on realism,
we will even feel a sense of excitement overflowing with life.
In addition, if the charm of Impressionism is added to the
selection of materials, the atmosphere of the work, and the
method of expression, I think the works will always be closer to
us as <distant longing> in a word.