Bae Joon Sung: The Concept of Phantoms in Western Paintings

Posted on March 31, 2014

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Phantom of Museum Gm, J.L.David red shawl hn (lenticular and oil on canvas 182 x 259 cm (72 x 102 in)) | Phantom of Museum L, W.House Pandora’s box lenticular and oil on canvas 182 x 259 cm (72 x 102 in) (Source: Courtesy of the Artist)

While growing up, Bae Joon Sung has a passion for European classic paintings. He investigated different aesthetics of Salon in the oil painting department at Seoul National University. He implements various ideas on how to present these paintings visually that could appeal the viewers’ eyes and mind by the combination of lenticular and oil on canvas. Thus, his works’, “Costume of a Painter”, concept is ‘the phantoms of paintings’. His works are varied from focus on iconic persons, including female subjects, and paintings which are shown at museums.

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Ingres handrail hy 2 (lenticular 120 x 80 cm (47 x 31 in) edition of 7 | lenticular 180 x 120 cm (71 x 47 in) edition of 5) | Still life with human image vase 060608 & Still life with flowers (lenticular 116 x 80 cm (46 x 31 in) edition of 7 | lenticular 173 x 120 cm (68 x 47 in) edition of 5) (Source: Courtesy of the Artist)

Bae relieved the classical European paintings in contemporary society from choosing certain paintings of iconic persons to painting them in the blends of classic and modern in space of time and place like in museums. Also, he implements both European and Asian attributes of art into the paintings. As you walk pass the paintings, the images started to change into different forms or it disappears within certain paintings. Some appear with forms of different cultural art elements while others forms within the transition of time, past and present. 

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Phantom in the Painting, J.S.Sargent family hn (lenticular and oil on canvas 130 x 162 cm (51 x 64 in)) | Doodling on the wall S, little girl, a square (lenticular 80 x 80 cm (31 x 31 in) edition of 7 | lenticular 120 x 120 cm (47 x 47 in) edition of 5) (Source: Courtesy of  The Artist)

I was truly amazed with Bae’s works that are visually impressive. I walk from left to right while looking at each painting because of my curiosity about what lies beneath them. They made me look into the transitions of different opposite binaries: classic and modern, Western and Asian culture, and reality and illusion. It comes to the question of how we see and think about the painting with different elements that pleases the visitors. Bae puts in a lot of effort in making classic painting while placing each detail of subject, place, and object. There are few more days (1 – 2 April) to see Bae’s work at the Albemarle Gallery, London.

View some of Bae’s works through the official website.

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