Taesook Jung (born in 1971, South Korea) is a Korean American Artist. She is a seasoned professional visual artist. She focuses on the unity of nature and human experience through profound colors and energetic brush strokes. Her works has been exhibited Korea and U.S.A.
Her education background is Korean painting. She received her B.F.A. degree in 1994, and M.F.A. degree in 1998 from Hong-ik University (Seoul, Korea). Taesook has deep knowledge about Art history and East Asian philosophy. Therefore, she can intercross both ancient and modern Art style, and Western and Eastern Art style. She practices to reflect those experience on her work.
Also, Taesook has an Art teacher certification (Junior and Senior high school) in Korea. She lectured at Daegu Art college (1996~1997). During working as a curator, she participated in numerous environmental Art projects in Korea (1997~1999). Presently, she leads an Art institution, Around Art at Cherry Hill.
My artistic interest has increasingly focused on the unity of nature and human experience. This concept derives from East Asian philosophy and it is deeply ingrained into that culture. In my work, I seen that nature can survive extremely harsh conditions yet still eventually blossom filled with life. I combine this concept of nature with my life in my work. I personally have struggled and weathered many storms but I have also experienced joy and beauty. I try to integrate and internalize these experiences and conditions in my work.
In my paintings, I use strong energetic brush strokes. The traditional brushes with long hair can hold a lot of water. With this liquid, the bristles run freely with long strokes on the surface of rice paper in a variety of styles. I try to create harmony and beauty using the tension between filled and unfilled space on the paper in my compositions. This makes for a lively conversation with water, ink, brush, and me. These drawing show a vigorous energy of unity. My use of traditional Korean materials such as mulberry paper, black ink, and traditional pigments mix together flawlessly. Coloring, processing, and diffusing the paint creates multiples hues. This makes a mixture of colors that are unique to me. Recently, I have been using acrylic gouache on canvas. Yet I am still able to create and achieve a similar effect to traditional painting techniques. The deep and majestic color combines with a vigorous stroke of the brush.
The Abundance of Nature has always inspired me. I feel as though there is a profound connection between nature and my work. It is the backbone of my art whatever the medium or materials. Often I like to depict the changes in color of the seasons harking back to my experience of life and moments. The deep green scenery of spring and summer feels like energetic youth, full of wonder and wisdom, deeply penetrating life.
Falling in the Color of May, Cherry Hill Library, Cherry Hill, NJ
Vigorous Life, Cherry Hill Library, Cherry Hill, NJ
I wish…, The Grand, Wilmington, DE
the 1st solo exhibition, Dukwon gallery, Seoul, Korea
AAC Annual Juried Show 2016, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Juror: Leah Modigliani
Press Start, New Boon(e) Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The 18th Friends of Pleiades invitational Show, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY
The 12th Friends of Pleiades invitational Show, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY
The 9th Exhibition of Wawon, Gong-pyung Art Center, Seoul, Korea
the 8th Exhibition of Wawon, Kyung-in Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The 8th Exhibition of Phil-mook, Hong-Ik University Museum, Seoul, Korea
Principle teacher, Around Art Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill, NJ
Guest Instructor, Joseon Dynasty Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2007 - present
Guest Instructor, Asian Art Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Guest Instructor, International Art Festival, Middle Township, PA
1997 - 1999
Curator, Yewon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Planning for Environmental Art for Public Buildings; KT Building, Sungnam: Intercontinetal Hotel Plan, Seoul: Korean Mobile Building, Seoul, ect.
Lecturer, Daegu Art College, Daegu, Korea
Awards and Honors
A celebration of Art and Life, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
The 14th Grand Art Competition of Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon Korea
Scholarship, Graduate School of Fine Art Hong-Ik University
The 3rd MBC Grand Art Competition, Seoul Art Center Hangaran Art Museum, Seoul)
The 3rd New Frontier Art Contest, Kyung-in Museum, Seoul, Korea
Scholarship, Hong-Ik University
The 4th Korea Women Art Juried show, Young-poong Art Hall, Seoul, Korea
A study on the Kang, Se-Whang’s Concept of Fine Art; How his idea Affected the 18 century of the Joseon era, Master Thesis, Hong-Ik University
2011 - 2013
New York University, New York, NY
1994 - 1996
Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea
MFA, Korean Painting with honors
1990 - 1994
Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea
BFA, Korean Painting with honors
Middle and High School Art Teacher’s Certification, Education Department of South Korea Government