Rhyjung (South Korea)
The "Paradise Icon," an artwork by the artist RhyJung, represents one of the iconic works of naturalism, critically addressing the sacrifice of the natural ecosystem in the face of environmental destruction and the advancement of human civilization. It encapsulates an enlightening message calling for the preservation and return to the primal ecological system that circulates independently, with the exclusion of the products of civilization development symbolizing humanity. Seven disciplines, including the natural world, art and civilization, ancient scripts, trade and excavation, the birth of archaeology, the classification of the world, consciousness, and religion, serve as the backbone of this enlightenment movement.
Through the series of works in "Paradise" based on naturalism, the artist communicates a visual language that calls for active responses society should pursue and underscores that the preservation of a more robust environmental ethics is the only way forward. Naturalism represents one of the first movements in contemporary art that expresses national and regional emotions, and in the artist RhyJung's work, which blends the techniques and effects of realistic ideology and romantic landscape painting, you can see a skillful development of this representation.
The ethical reflection on environmental destruction caused by unscrupulous actions in the pursuit of a more ideal progress for one's own interests is, in fact, an awakening message to humanity about tolerating each other's ecological aggression and destruction. RhyJung's work captures the extraordinary ecological environment, the absolute order of the natural system that embodies absolute vitality, tension, continuity, and the power of heaven and earth's creation, by choosing the vertical frame landscape painting.
Awards and Collections
Chungcheongnam-do Art Exhibition Grand Prize
Na Hye-seok Art Exhibition Excellence Award
Grand Prize in the Republic of Korea Art Exhibition
Danwon Art Exhibition Special Prize
Gyeonggi Art Exhibition Excellence Award
Gyeonggi Art Exhibition Special Prize
Republic of Korea Peace Art Exhibition Excellence Award
Gyeonggi Peace Unification Art Exhibition Encouragement Award
Chungcheongnam-do Art Exhibition Special Prize
Sosabeol Art Exhibition Special Prize, among others.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government
Art Forest Space
Art & Life, Publishing and Culture
International Cultural Exchange Association
Gallery Insa Art Plaza, Seoul, Korea
Hyehwa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Gallery Is, Seoul, Korea
Big Tree Gallery, Hanam, Korea
The Stay Healing Park, Gapyeong, Korea
Gallery MZ, Seoul, Korea
Gallery Cafe Geisha, Seoul, Korea (2021 and 2020)
Gallery White Box, California, U.S.A
Yokohama City Art Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
Art Center Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Seoul SeJong Cultural Center Main Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Asan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
INSA JH Gallery, Seoul, Korea
INSA Gallery, Seoul, Korea
EZ Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Gallery Art, Seoul, Korea
2019 Seoul International Art Expo Solo Exhibition, COEX, Seoul, Korea
2018 Seoul International Art Expo Solo Exhibition, COEX, Seoul, Korea
Gwangju International Art Fair
ACC Design Hotel Exhibition
National Assembly Main Building, Seoul, Korea (2022)
Gallery K, Seoul, Korea (2022-2023)
Seoul Grand Park Zoo Art Museum Artist Selection Exhibition (2022)
Hyehwa Art Center Gift Exhibition (2021-2022)
Maru Art Center 5-Person Exhibition (2020)
Art Busan, BEXCO, Busan, Korea (2019)
Pink Art Fair, Grand Intercontinental, Seoul (2019)
Kiaf Art Seoul, COEX, Seoul, Korea (2018)
Heyground Seoul, Seoul, Korea
Gallery MZ, Seoul, Korea (2017)
The Design Festa, COEX, Seoul, Korea (2016)
"<Painter Lee Jung's Paradise>"
"<100 Successful Artists' Secrets> Volume 1 and 2"
"<Naturalist Artist Lee Jung's Illustrated Book>"
Illustrated book and essay "<Drawing Paradise>"