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Cities Inside Expressive Brush Strokes, by Jieun Park

Monday 06.24.2013 , Posted by
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Looking as if she’s distilled the very spirit of painting into her large brush strokes, Korean artist Jieun Park makes paintings of cityscapes inside emotive strokes on the canvas. It’s as if with one swing of her brush, or with the splattering flick of its bristles, she’s created an entire city like magic within the resulting coat of paint.

Her images are created much like a vintage black velvet painting, placing the highlights of the image on the black surface of her brush strokes. The results, with their dark shadows and pitch black skies, are thoughtful and moody just like her original inspiration found while traveling the world:

“What I try to express through my works are the emotions that I felt at the specific moments during the journey. I remember how I was emotionally overwhelmed and felt lonely by looking down at the city from on high.”

“My personal feelings are described as under-painted ink marks which are instinctively spread and dropped on the surface. As I create relatively realistic images of the city within the abstract ink marks, I try to record ourselves in this fast changing city and its double sidedness where colorful impression coexists with loneliness.”

You can see more of her work at parkg.co.kr.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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