Artist: Yoon Miseon
Seoul based artist Yoon Miseon, our very own modern-day Picasso, has the ability to see the world and the people in it as we truly are - distorted and twisted (no matter how hard we try to hide it).
Miseon uses her vision to express and combine smooth and geometric shapes and rich colours onto her canvas in such a genius and harmonious way that manages to make the grotesque figures in her paintings strikingly beautiful as a whole. The subjects of her paintings appear to be nobody in particular; people she sees in the streets and on her travels. She has a selection process in which she finds people and animals she senses instability from and feels she connects with, can share her feelings with and then translates this edgily into her paintings.
No surprises that her biggest artist inspirations stem from the likes of Francis Bacon, which is absolutely apparent in the eerie formation of Miseons portraits, her heavy strokes and often gloomy yet surreal colour palettes, matching his ghostly, unidentifiable figures. Miseon doesn’t confine herself to a set media. Although a painter, when asked which brushes she prefers, her response was "I do not use brushes. My works are completed by sewing fabrics that I’ve painted with my hands."
Her skillset also expands to using ink, oil pastels, acrylic paints, pencil and much more. She has a strong connection with her works, stating that they are a product of finding parts of herself she had been hiding, linked to family trauma, and feelings that arose while cutting fabrics poured into her artwork. In fact she is so committed to her paintings that even the fabrics testing her asthma wont stop her.
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