Park Hyung Jin completed a bachelor’s course at the Hansung University School of Fine Arts and a master’s course at its graduate school. He studied academic painting, photography, and Oriental art there. A few years after graduation he held several exhibitions in Seoul, later joining international activities in Beijing, China. He is currently active in New York.
Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery was a turning point in his artistic career. Because he dreamed of holding exhibitions at the gallery above, that is of great significance in his artistic career. His works are in the collections of individual collectors like Howard Tullman in Chicago, and a few art museums including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. He presently teaches painting at Konkun University and Hansung University.
Viewers may regard his works as photorealism. However, he says his pieces are the natural results of the processes of his work. What’s important for him is to create figures more accessible to an aesthetic utopia than real people. Unlike other photorealists, he does not stick to details when expressing the skin. He wants to express immaculate, perfect skin as sleek as Oriental ceramics. He represents perfect beauty through a process of modification instead of initially employing beautiful models. This is his way of expressing ideal beauty.
Unique images rather than extreme depictions are important to the artist. He wants figures in his works to provoke some atmosphere beyond the cool-headed objectivity of photorealism while maintaining the stance of realism. This is probably because he lives in an Oriental culture that values spiritual experience over reality. He lives in an environment in which he can experience both Eastern and Western culture. Such cultural gaps may assume a significant role in his work.