(South Korea, 1985)
Jiyoung Park(b.1985) works between fine art and illustration. Her studies in design at Daedeok University (Daejeon, Republic of Korea) informs her cross-pollination of practices, aiding her craft and practice across book covers-including numerous bestsellers-film posters, album covers and more traditional artwork. Indie musicians and new-age music artists have particularly taken to her diffuse pastel colors and distinct-yet-ageless style, commissioning her works that can be found in album shop displays as well as online streaming services for musicians such as Yun DDanDDan, Damsone Gongbang (lit. Damso’s Little Workshop), Jongmin Lee (Daniel), Eunsong Ji, Saeju, and Kyoungtae Kim, Since 2015, her works have focused entirely on the fine-art of painting in digital media.
Landscapes consist most of Jiyoung Park’s works. The tranquil splay of nature’s rolling hills, greenery, tree lines, sometimes with roads and other structures, are sights that the artist personally enjoys; many have been encounters from her long walks and travel destinations. Most of her paintings are connected to real-world landscapes and sights that have helped move her brush, but imagination blurs in at certain threshold with elusive uncanniness, like a utopian vision.
Her digital canvas captures the notion of time and passing seasons through the expression of transient light and shades immediately familiar as nature’s gentle colors. In her works, there are people-sometimes just an individual-as miniscule subjects within the landscape, identifiable as family, lovers, friends, or even herself.
The contemplative, expressionless figures appear protected and comforted in the warm and vast embrace of nature. A quiet restfulness exists there, be it a person walking their dog down a sunny street, a person sitting on a bench, or a person leaning up against a tree. The panels are rich with pause that modern living tries to abbreviate. We encourage visitors to take that pause for just a moment and allow the gaze to slowly wander into the frame. Find the silence that the bustling rhythm of life has forgotten. Be at its center.