Do Jin Wook
1980 · Republic of Korea
Do Jin Wook is a mid-career established artist, who originates from the Republic of Korea, like other renowned artists such as Hae Won Sohn, Youngzoo Im, Heeseop Yoon, Soo Young Chung, and Sobin Park. Do Jin Wook was born in 1980.
About Do Jin Wook's works
Do Jin Wook plays a pivotal role in the fields of Figuration, Conceptual, Minimalism and Expressionism. Some world-renowned artists praised for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply described as being the farthest from abstract art, since it essentially consists of the representation of objects or figures holding a strong reference to reality. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains extremely resourceful and inventive, encompassing a variety of styles and mediums, spanning from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.
Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was significantly influenced by the purity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in defying all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be intricate, as the boundaries are not clearly defined, and constantly evolving. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the core idea stays the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a multitude of materials and forms to freely explore the myriad of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most prominent figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is considered to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he famously tried to blur the boundaries between art and reality.
Towards the end of the 1950s, in New York city, emerging artists were starting to feel disenchanted in the stagnant state of art, which led to the creation of the art movement known as Minimalism. Peaking in the 1960s, Minimalism sought to question all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art, and remove the gestural qualities that used to be deemed as fundamental in previous art movements. Rather than paintings, sculptures became key elements of the movement, giving the artist a way to make use of their physical surroundings, thus offering the viewers a harmonious, truthful experience. The main purpose of minimalism was to ground art in its own reality, stripping away any unessential, decorative aspect. Geometrical shapes became a key element of the movement, with an emphasis on delivering illusions of spatial depth in the artworks, while remaining sleek and purified. Artists like Frank Stella, Dan Flavin or Donald Judd are critically acclaimed figures of Minimalism, and were strongly influenced by earlier European abstract movements.
Expressionism can often be considered rather as an international tendency than a coherent art movement, which was particularly influential at the beginning of the 20th century. It covered various fields such as art, literature, music, theatre and architecture. Expressionist artists wanted to express emotional experience, rather than physical reality. World renowned Expressionist paintings include Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Wassily Kandinsky’s Der Blaue Reiter, and Egon Schiele’s Sitting Woman with Legs Drawn Up. Expressionism is an intricate and vast term that has meant different things at different times. However, when we speak of Expressionist art, we tend to think about the artistic tendency which followed as a reaction to Impressionism in France, or the movement which appeared in Germany and Austria in the early twentieth century. The term is so elastic that it can accommodate artists going from Vincent van Gogh to Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.
Further Biographical Context for Do Jin Wook
Born in 1980, Do Jin Wook grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture.
The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.
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