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J eon Heekyoung’s paintings depict unfamiliar spaces that are hidden by abstract shapes of dismantled images. The constant flow of colour across the canvas seeks to narrow the gap between arduous reality and an idyllic world. Heekyoung’s quest for utopia serves as her motivation to overcome impossibilities. Furthermore, she gains inspiration from the natural world, such as air, wind, and clouds.
Having earned both her BA in Painting and MA from Hongik University, Heekyoung has held solo exhibitions at Artertain Gallery, Seoul (2020), Shinhan Gallery, Seoul (2019), E-land Space, Seoul (2015). She was awarded the silver award at the Etro Art Award (2015), and was the winner of the ‘Artist of Tomorrow’ award at Gyeomjae Jeongseon Art Museum (2013).
Jeon Heekyoung paints landscapes. Although Jeon’s paintings may seem abstract, with their emphasis on gestural brushstrokes, they can still be considered landscapes, based simply on their titles. But more than that, every brushstroke in her works conveys the sense of a huge outdoor space because of their size, direction, superimposition, and perspective. Also, thanks to her characteristic use of various rich shades of blue (e.g., cobalt, ultra-marine, and cerulean), often combined with clear white, many of Jeon’s paintings seem to represent the clouds unfurling across the blue sky. Other works have a dynamic, fluid resonance, as if depicting the ocean, waterfalls, or fountains.
AWARDS: 2015 - Silver Prize of Etro Award, Baekwon Foundation. 2013 - Winner of Artist of Tomorrow, Geomjae Jeongseon Art Museum.
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