Interestingly, this Korean artist, Joongwon Jeong, seemingly dare to differ his hyperrealistic style from those exemplary work of most contemporary realist painters.
New generation of hyperrealist artists deviate from traditional art and generate new contemporary work. And Joongwon Jeong is among one of the many talented young artists of this gene.
However, with his audacious faith in visual art for portrait paintings, he adds on to challenge hyperrealism as a traditional art, while not compromising the aesthetic principle.
Joongwon Jeong mentioned in his blog entitled “The ‘Method’“, he reasoned for his traditional art as:
I’m an old-fashioned man!
I consider myself more of an old craftsman than an artist in modern-day concept.
For me, practicing and perfecting my craft is as important as creating a good piece of art
His last few words caught my interest to understand his artistic approach.
Adhering to the relation between process of skill-perfecting and appreciation of excellence to finished artwork.
Hyperrealist painters adopt the proven methods of transferring images by mean of projection illuminating on large canvas. Thus, achieving higher accuracy of portraiture proportionality for large-scale highly realistic portrait.
Joongwon Jeong defines his precise technique without any sort of reliance on mechanical projection. That is one technique he chooses not to follow conventionally.
To further put it more bluntly, no cheat code like canvas printing to assist his original painting work.
Joongwon Jeong advocates his traditional approach and strong beliefs with “practice makes perfect“. Here’s another excerpts from his blog post:
but I’d rather train myself harder and harder to be a more skilled and versatile painter. … (towards) successfully turn your eyes into a projector and your hands a living painter. … Craftsmanship is what I’m after more than any other artist-traits.
Profound and compelling words from this young man, indeed.
Another typical trait for hyperrealism is the unmistakeably photographic style, with precise and versatile painting techniques to elaborate visual detail.
Usually, depicting exaggerated definitive spot not noticeably by our daily sights on objects or portraits.
Its like who cares about the irregular shapes and numbers small freckles on the surface of an ordinary egg.
Similarly, with his toss of words to improvise on his motivation quote from Aristotle, he said,
‘A pimple is repulsive, but the painting of a pimple can be beautiful.’
Hard work pays off. No short-cuts.
Truly, his recent artwork has visibly demonstrated to retain this aesthetic style.
In particularly, the portrait of great epic poet, Homer, 1991 knighted English actor, Sir Ian McKellen, and portrait paintings of his grandfather with an enchanting gentle smile of great wisdom.
So what else is more traditional than the above?
He did mentioned the used of grid system as the underlying basis for painting portrait with size over one meter tall.
I consider that as a conservative old classic method. And is also something I admire his outward openness to share this art ethic.
The influential photorealist painter, Chuck Close uses gird system.
And moreover, its the proven technique since the Renaissance period.
Grid system for portrait is definitely not cheating.
Probably regard as the most noble technique that identify him as ‘an old craftsman’ to those emerging artists still using mechanical projection.
No criticism intention to refer specifically that projection method is not good technique. There are also good method listed in many better choices.
Not sure if he would be doing series of female portrait paintings in the future.
Hopefully, something feminine and creative to generate new variant of hyperrealism art with the feels of alluring sensation.
Below sharing some of his excellent portrait paintings artwork. With the last photo featured as the latest of his self-portrait in charcoal.
View more of his portrait artwork and journal from his Joongwon Jeong’s portfolio website.
Medium using acrylic on canvas, charcoal and pastel on paper. Currently, he is doing Master Degree in Paintings, majoring in Fine Art in Hongik University.
Solo – ‘FACES’ (2012, Seoul, Korea), Group – Hongik International Art Fair (2012, Seoul, Korea), Degree Show (2012, Seoul, Korea), Hongik Univ Group Exhibition (2012, Seoul, Korea), Beaux-Art 2011 (2011, Seoul, Korea), Korea-Japan Joint Exbn. (2011, Osaka, Japan), Hongik Univ Group Exhibition (2011,Seoul,Korea), ‘Rainbow’ Art for Environment (2008,Seoul,Korea)
Beaux-Art 2011 Art Award – 1st Prize in Painting
All Photos Courtesy of Joongwon Jeong.