Jeong Zik Seong (b. 1976) is a Korean female painter in her 21st year as an artist and a mother of three children. She has established herself as a painter in Korea with her series of "Semidetached Houses" which she has produced since 2003. She came to be known to the public for her paintings that depicted urban landscapes with her unique abstract brushstrokes, such as "Constructive Abstract/Construction Site Abstract)", "Blue Collar/Blue Color", and "The Mechanic" series. She had to move around as often as forty-three times to find a cheap house for rent each time. She rendered this experience in the series of "Semidetached Houses" which interpreted the row house districts of poor hillside villages in Seoul in geometric and abstract shapes. "Construction Site Abstract" series, which emphasized the act of drawing and erasing, is an interpretation of the rapid dismantling and re-building of redevelopment areas in Seoul, which she witnessed while moving around frequently. She rendered the workplace of laborers with her "Blue Collar/Blue Color" series that aimed to create abstractions that reflected the dynamic rhythm of life of the blue-collar class, and "The Mechanic" series that interpreted the 'workplace' of the car mechanic with rhythmic brushwork. Pieces of night plum blossoms in "Winter Flower" series depicted people's wish and hope, symbolized by candlelight rallies. The green monochrome works in "Green Pool" series represented the ravaged soil of Korea following the controversial four-river refurbishment project. With the recent "Contemporary Mother-of-Pearl Paintings" series, Jeong Zik Seong has been exploring the relationship between the change of the four seasons and the changing aspects of natural landscapes and the symbolic expression of art, and making use of the technique of lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl from the perspective of flatness and objecthood of painting.
Press release courtesy Art Delight Gallery.