Fine Art, Oil Painting, 2014-2015
“I make happy paintings of sad people”.
My current work consists of narrative oil paintings based on personal experiences. Although the details of the actual event are not necessary, I am interested in depicting sad and melancholic emotions. Many paintings consist of an apathetic figure in a regular and almost mundane environment, although personal and specific. My painting style is often both very graphic and illustrative, yet painterly, where many color blocked shapes sit alongside active brushstrokes, and heavier paint application. Color theory is also important to my paintings as it plays a role in creating space and an overall mood to the piece. In my paintings there is always a juxtaposition of a depressing undertone to what visually looks like a more “happy” painting. If my paintings invoke a mixture of emotions ranging from amusement to confusion to pity in the viewer, then I am satisfied.
© 2016 HESUH PARK
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