Painting, Drawing, and Contemplating Beauty

Sculptural Impasto Painting

My name is Chunbum Park (or Chun Park).

I am primarily occupied with exploring feminine beauty and aesthetics through various media and themes. I want to know what makes something beautiful or ugly, what makes something feminine or masculine, and want to challenge the common notions about beauty in art and illustration.

I have developed two main body of works consisting of heavy impasto painting and  cubist-like linear abstraction that I call derivative. I also did some illustrative and digital works in my spare time that I would like to show in my future posts along with the two main body of works.

 

Based on a person in real life

Acrylic on canvas, 73 x 60 cm

I’ve frequently seen the use of tall nose with small and soft profile in illustration and anime, and I had to wonder why such depiction is prevalent although people in real life do not look like that. In fact I tried drawing anime myself in my youth and believed that realistic Asian nose is not desirable in the minimalist cartoon style. That did not stop me from experimenting.

Portrait of Rimma Simonova (Re IV) - medium

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

My ex-girlfriend from Ukraine used to say she was not beautiful because of dark spots under her eyes, but when I attempted to paint her I found that those were the most defining and beautiful features of her face that made her very unique.

Acrylic on canvas, 26 x 22 inches

Acrylic on canvas, 26 x 22 inches

 

Derivative Painting/Drawing

Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

In painting I was heavily influenced by Frank Auerbach’s abstract figurative works. I first began to imitate him in my oil paintings, then moved onto drawing and acrylic.

Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches

Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches

Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Pen, pencil on paper

Pen, pencil on paper, 14 x 10 inches

I realized that the derivative face or the derivative style by itself wasn’t beautiful. Just by itself, it was ugly and not particularly noteworthy in any way.  It was only when the style was applied in context of a female body or form that its full potential became felt.

Pen and pencil on paper

Pen and pencil on paper, 14 x 10 inches

Pen, pencil on paper, 14 x 10 inches

Pen, pencil on paper, 14 x 10 inches

Pen, pencil on paper, 16.1 x 12.6 inches

Pen, pencil on paper, 16.1 x 12.6 inches

After developing the derivative style with drawing, I transitioned into painting as seen here:

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

 

Thank you for your time and enjoying my works!

 

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