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John Park
John Park

John Park

Los Angeles, CA

Painter John Park's work is an attempt to reconcile classical influences with the more urban aesthetic of the New Contemporary art movement. He has a very precise, controlled hand however, signature to his style are element of surrealism and humanism. Park lives in Los Angeles but born in Korea and raised in Ohio. He studied classical drawing, painting, sculpture, and anatomy at the Rhode Island School of Design. During his studies, he made it a point to recreate a classic education for himself but, after earning his degree in illustration, broke away from the rigidity of classical figures.

Today, he uses all figures in his work with a twist: they're elongated and abstracted but recognizable. Park says, "Having narrative elements, especially human figures is what attracts people. People love people. We love our fellow human beings whether we want to admit it or not. We're fascinated by our fellow human beings. It's the one thing in art we will never ever tire of.
Q&A

What is your favorite material to work with?

"My favorite materiel to work with is simply acrylics with brush as it affords the most precision."
-- John Park
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I like to leave some ambiguity in the narrative of my work so the viewer is invited to fill in the empty spaces with their own interpretation which I’d based on their own unique experience with the work itself."
-- John Park
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What motivates and inspires you?

"“The work that is to be it’s creator’s delight must demand all the resources of one’s being- hands, heart and head. Only in such wise is labor worthy, and only after such fashion may the craftsman become an artist also.” -William Morris"
-- John Park
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What makes a space special?

"Anytime that people put time, effort and love into making a space beautiful for another person I think that space takes on a life of its own."
-- John Park
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What’s unique about your work?

"My work always incorporates human figures surrounded by colorful, layered backgrounds with interweaving text"
-- John Park
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"One aspect that I enjoy about my process is the fact that it’s built up using layers which means that the ultimate look of the piece is always a mystery until the final layer is placed."
-- John Park
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