Jun Jong Bum
Of Nature and Time
19 June, 2015
Contemporary Korean artist Jun Jong Bum brings his own interpretation to traditional style oriental painting, using modern techniques to create texture and vibrancy. His artworks beautifully reflects his Korean cultural heritage but he applies a self-formulated technique, which creates his own distinct and unique style. He uses a sharp pointed tool called an awl, and makes scratches on a foam core board to create the images and textures he desires. Then he applies harmonious colours on his tableau to complete his work. He mainly focuses on organic subject matter, particularly natural landscapes, flora and fauna. The technique he uses brings dimension and character to the picturesque scenes that he depicts, creating an overall striking aesthetic. The textural shapes and forms, as well as the subtle colours he uses, creates a sublime and almost abstract feel despite the figurative subject matter.
His artwork not only evokes the beauty of traditional Korean painting, it has also established a new, more modern identity for Korean contemporary art and culture. He has gained remarkable recognition over his career and he has appeared as both guest and solo artist in many exhibitions in Korea as well as internationally. Jong Bum’s passion for art is paired with his desire to portray Korean culture and aesthetic through his artwork, and to use new and unique techniques to give this traditional art a modern twist.
Jun Jong Bum has established himself as a very diligent artist and dedicated lecturer at Sahm Yook University in Korea, where he teaches the subject of communication design. He spends most of his time either in his studio creating his artworks, or at the University teaching and is very passionate about educating the next generation of Korean artists. He is currently in Sydney for guest lecturing as part of the exchange program at Avondale College, as well as taking time to focus on and further develop his artworks.