South Korean collage artist Jake Lee makes vibrant mashups of images from magazines and illustrations. His talent alters the viewers’ perceptions of reality with his philosophy-challenging creativity. Lee’s collection of surreal imagery fuses unrelated scenery and events into a final, fantastical masterpiece. Inspired by 1950’s graphics, his colorful artworks turn conventional ideas on their heads in order to express a beautifully bizarre depiction of the world as we know it.
PIRU is a South Korean illustrator and digital artist based out of Seoul. PIRU thinks art is an honest way to express herself. PIRU makes things she thinks and feels. “Regardless if my paintings are beautiful or ugly, I always try to express my candidness.” Check out a selection of her work.
South Korean illustrator Bang Sangho takes us on a psychedelic journey to a new planet—submerging our eyes and mind into the imaginary depths of the neon sea and black holes. Crater-headed humans are ticking time bombs in this world, as their brains erupt like volcanoes and revealing their insides as star-filled galaxies.
Hongmin Lee (previously featured here) creates striking paintings and illustrations. The South Korean artist displays an exceptionally gruesome aesthetic that features some surreal imaginative characters. Lee comes from a diverse creative background, but his work consists of primarily acrylic paintings and drawings, which he exclusively posts to Instagram.
South Korean artist Choi Xooang has been sculpting for the last 10 years his unearthly but highly intricate human figures. Distorted and haunting Choi Xooang’s work reveals his deep concern for the human condition in society – and how he feels that something needs to change. Although the viewer is both repulsed and fascinated by the gut-wrenching hyperrealist sculptures of human bodies, Xooang’s mastery of the art and eye for detail right down to the smallest vein.
His freakish figurative sculptures are mutilated or abbreviated. Merging unexpectedly, flesh is sewn together with ribbons, heads are plunged together to make one, a head is replaced with that of a hound or an ostrich and fists are plunged into backs of heads Ultimately, people are silenced and held captive by their condition.
Lee Yun Hee creates narrative ceramic pieces inspired by literature and story telling. She uses both Western and Eastern influences, creating a style of her own that is striking, unique and undoubtably contemporary. Her work is fragile and flawless, almost creating an aura of effortlessness. She uses her work to reflect upon stories of everyday people; their struggles, fears, hopes, and anxieties.
Hee’s work is mystical and fantastic. Though balancing modern, classic, Eastern, and Western styles, she has creating an epic body of art that is honest, profound, and truly unique. Her work acts as windows into her own version of a fairy tale; she is able to re-create morality stories within her own framework.
South Korea based artist Egene Koo‘s illustrations and detailed oil paintings with an unusual combination of elements that is both dreamy and unsettling.
Many of her paintings started from old stories like ‘fairy tales’. Basically, she’s interested in the connection between the past and the present. When she meets some appealing scenes from old stories, she feels like they lead her to listen carefully and find something inside. Koo thinks that working with old stories is rather like discovery or excavation. In this sense, her paintings become a reinterpretation of stories; most of the chosen stories are connected with her own interest in human mentality.
Jinyoung Park is a South Korean artist and illustrator known for applying humor and quirkiness to every illustration she makes. Using mostly watercolor and pencil, she creates every day situations with a hint of playfulness.
Self-branded as an outsider in the art world, Park is known for making compositions that take on the memorable and slightly surreal, disquieting elements of everyday life. Like the musings of a very observant child displaying the humor of the adult world.
The massive installations and sculptures by South Korean artist, Do Ho Suh examine society’s fascination and obsession with individuality, and draw focus to the anonymity in everyone. Suh, who draws inspiration from his mandatory service in the South Korean Military, challenges the use of space in his site-specific installations that investigate the boundaries of identity. The artist hopes to communicate that the individual represents the whole. See select installations by Do Ho Suh below.