J Young: Drawing
221ho, 33, Marine city 2-ro / Haeundae-gu / Busan
Solo exhibition of J Young, DRAWING is held in Mo J Gallery Busan until end of June. He presents spirit of Korea through material. J Young expresses divineness of nature and spirit of Korea by using Hanzi. He metaphorically expresses skepticism and introspection by contrasting between human and honesty in nature.
J Young, born in Yecheon, graduated from elementary, middle, and high school in his hometown. While he was in the schools, he always drew and painted and was greatly interested in architecture and design which both are related to art.In 1983, he graduated from the high school and left his hometown and family at the age of 20 and moved to Seoul for a university of arts. As he was living in Seoul, the big and complex city, he experienced in new culture and it naturally made him to start working on designing his life as an artist.
He graduated from Department of Bachelor of Painting at Hongik University and completed his master degree of painting at the same university.In 1990, he established the Golden Apple Group, an originator of art community for new generation in Korea, and was actively involved in it as he created a lot of artworks based on experimental activities and experiences. Among them, the most powerfully influencing on his art world are stones and woods he accidentally picked up from nature and they still have been inspiring him enough to generate great enthusiasm for him to create artworks, emotion and sense, therefore, they are always presented in his artworks. His artworks have been exhibited in his solo and group shows and his art world has been formed and established through those exhibitions held in many different places.
In 1987, his second year of university, he was selected by Korea Fine Art Grand Prix. In 1992, he won the grand prize at Central Art Contest Grand Prix and the excellence award at Korea Fine Art Grand Prix 1992 and many others.Starting with his first solo exhibition in 1994, he has been presented paintings,drawings, installations, and prints through two or three solo shows every year. He has presented his artworks through 51 solo shows in Seoul, Tokyo, Munich, Paris, Cologne, New York, and many other places. He traveled many countries in Europe as well as United State and Africa many times and experienced the culture and various artworks. He toured Asia as well and presented his artwork in Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, and Singapore and has participated in over 300 group exhibitions in Korea.
Press release courtesy Mo J Gallery.