Babe Painting by Jaehyung Um

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Painting: Oil, Ballpoint Pen, Gesso on Canvas.

A realistic representation of the human body is apparent in Jaehyung Um’s (b.1990) painting series Babe(2019), Solar Eclipse (2019), Lunar Eclipse(2019), Blood Moon(2019) and Carpe Diem(2019) in which the organic materiality of human bodies makes a sharp contrast to the bright colours of the geometric landscape within the frame. Jeahyung explores the ideas that exist between memory and place through the temporal and seasonal movements of human bodies in relation to the experiences of travel and tourism.
- [; body, Hoxton253 Gallery, London]

Photography is used for the basis of all my work. However, photography has made me realised that the camera catches only what is in the moment which is only a sliced of what is actually happening. For instance, everybody is in motion and slightly dipping ahead, slightly turning or weighting themselves, capture of a sense of the real and physical body.

However, there are challenges in figurative pieces. Firstly, trying to control the representation of the body is very complicated, rendering the body to become a scene. There are many nuances within the body that requires a magnified observation. There is also the difference between using the body to making other things as opposed to create a painting that is essentially formal and possibly abstract. Shapes and colours. It is trying to find the exact hand gesture and the way of person stands, sits, twists, turns, weights, unweight and facial expression. Those things have become dramatic as opposed to formal issues. I believe that the body as a person in a context around objects and other bodies can be dynamic.




Jaehyung Um

United Kingdom


Size: 12 W x 15.9 H x 0.8 in

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