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Jeong Woojae


The Girl And Her Dog




Jeong Woojae

was born in Korea in 1983. He has a BA in Fine Art at Chugye

University and an MA in Fine Art from Hong-Ik University. Jeong’s paintings are charming and playful expressions of the bond between humans and their animals. At first glance, they might appear to be a straightforward celebration of their animal subject, yet the works go beyond mere realism – a spell Jeong is keen to shatter with the playful reversal in the size of his figures. For Jeong, each ingredient in his composition has a symbolic resonance; his animal compositions are the vocabulary

the inner human contradiction that comes with owning an animal – at once it evidences our emotional insecurity and need for support, and yet it simultaneously resolves this craving, providing the healing and solace that makes us stronger. For Jeong, the prevailing emotional emptiness of modern society enhances the importance of these relationships, inflating or reliance on them and allowing them to be hyper-realised. In other imagery, the magnified size of the dog might feel menacing, yet Jeong’s painting it is clearly celebrated as protector and guardian.

through which he addresses a particular contemporary malaise.

Jeong uses the character of the girl in his paintings, poised in adolescence, to mirror

Concerned by the increasingly unfeeling nature of our fast-paced society, Jeong

his own self. Caught between the dependency of childhood and self-assuredness

maintains that humanity needs to rekindle our former nature and embrace a kind of

of adulthood, she encapsulates the artist’s own anxieties about the burgeoning

purity of state – something that continues to exist in our animals.

responsibilities and anxieties of independence. Working from photographs of actual

As is evident from his inversion of scale and compositional importance, Jeong is keen to explore the complementary nature of the relationship between humans and animals, and to express the dual roles that both partners enjoy as carer and cared-

locations in Seoul, the specificity of the backgrounds anchor these scenes in the real world, yet their deserted nature ensures that the focus of the composition is always on the bond between the subjects.

for at once. Although outwardly the relationship between pet and owner is one of

A painter of exquisite technique, Jeong’s work is remarkable for the delicacy of his

human superiority, each animal provides its owner with a source of comfort, meeting

colours and the mastery of his brushstrokes. His incredible deployment of light becomes

the basic human need for friendship and affection. Jeong’s work attempts to address

a literal expression of the warmth of the fellowship between the girl and her dog.

Gleaming – Unspoken Oil on canvas 97 x 145.5 cm, 2012

Gleaming – Accompany by... Oil on canvas 91 x 116.8 cm, 2012

Gleaming – Accompany by... II Oil on canvas 91 x 116.8 cm, 2013

Gleaming – Whisper Oil on canvas 112.1 x 162.2 cm, 2013

Gleaming – Intimate Oil on canvas 89.4 x 145.5cm, 2013

Gleaming – Share With You Oil on canvas 130.3 x 162.2 cm, 2013

Gleaming – Mellow Chat Oil on canvas 80.3 x 116.8 cm, 2012

Gleaming – Take To Heart Oil on canvas 53 x 72.7 cm, 2013

Gleaming – Flow In You Oil on canvas 130.3 x 162.2 cm, 2013

Gleaming – Calm Reflection Oil on canvas 112.1 x 162.2 cm, 2013

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Jeong Woojae  

The Girl and her Dog

Jeong Woojae  

The Girl and her Dog