Taesook Jung’s Vigorous Life series explores the unity of nature and the human experience. In creating her abstract paintings, she internalizes her experiences and finds conceptual parallels in her imagery and process. She layers washes of color to create dark backgrounds that give the illusion of depth. She then paints bright energetic brush strokes on top, interrupting the surface. This creates a harmony of tension and resolution that serves as the basis for the composition. The dark colors evoke a sense of earthiness and decay, while the light colors call to mind the youthful energy of spring and summer greenery. By balancing these two extremes in a single unified composition, they are understood in relation to one another, rather than as opposites. She sees this process as an embodiment of accepting adversity in order to celebrate the resilience of life. Her deeply optimistic artwork openly embraces joy and beauty without discounting struggle. Visually abstract, the viewer is invited to reflect upon these processes while enjoying the patterns and color of the painting.
Taesook Jung (born in 1971, South Korea) is a Korean American professional visual Artist. She focuses on the unity of nature and human experience through profound colors and energetic brush strokes. Her works have been exhibited in Korea and U.S.A.
Her educational 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 experiences on her work.
Also, She lectured at Daegu Art college (1996~1997). While working as a curator, she participated in numerous environmental Art projects in Korea (1997~1999). Presently, she actively exhibits her work at NY, NJ, TX and DE and she leads an Art institution, Around Art at Cherry Hill.
1994-1996 Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea MFA Oriental Painting
1990-1994 Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea BFA, Oriental Painting
Continuing Education 2011-2013 New York University, New York, NY Certification, Art Appraisal
Awards & Honors
1995 The 14th Grand Art Competition of Korea winners, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon
1993 The 3rd MBC Grand Art Competition winners, Seoul Art Center Hangaran Art Museum, Seoul
The 3rd New Frontier Art Contest winners, Kyung-in Museum
1991 The 4th Korea Women Art show winners, Young-poong Art Hall
Scholarship 1995 Received with honors, Graduated School of Fine Art Hong-Ik University
1992 Received with honors, Hong-Ik University
1996 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
Park Town Place, Philadelphia, PA Millennium Bank at Manhattan, New York, NY
and Private Collectors
2014 Guest Instructor, Joseon Dynasty Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2007-2014 Guest Instructor, Asian Art Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Guest Instructor, International Art Festival, Middle Township, PA
1997~1999 Curator, Yewon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Environmental Art Planning for Public Buildings, KT Building, Sungnam: Intercontinetal Hotel Plan, Seoul: Korean Mobile Building, Seoul, ect.
1996 Lecturer, Daegu Art College, Daegu, South Korea
1994 Middle and High School Art Teacher’s Certification, Education Department of South Korea Gov.
2016 Falling in the color of May , Cherry Hill Library Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ 2016 I wish…, the Grand gallery, Wilmington DE
1997 about Memories, Dukwon gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2018 Artbox.Project New York 1.0, Stricoff Gallery, New York, NY
Vibrant Affects, Thomas Jefferson University Bodine Center for Cancer Treatment, Philadelphia, PA Curator: Mat Tomezsko
2017 AKUA Art Show, MOKAH Museum, New York, NY
2016 Abington Art Center Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA
New Boon(e), New Boone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Curator: Maureen O'Dwyer
Seoul-New York Project, Riverside Art Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
Novus Conceptus, Hannah Bacol Bush Gallery, Houston TX Curator: Hannah Bacol Bush
2015 A celebration of Art and Life, CFEVA at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
2010 The 18th Friends of Pleiades invitational Show, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY
2006 The 12th Friends of Pleiades invitational Show, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY
1995 The 9th Exhibition of Wawon, Gong-pyung Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
1994 The 8th Exhibition of Wawon, Kyung-in Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
The 8th Exhibition of Phil-mook, Hong-Ik University Museum, Seoul, South Korea