I am a self-taught acrylic artist. I always paint on raw canvas, as I believe it is reflective of the life I have lived. With everything you do in life you first have to make the foundation to plant your seed. So, when it blossoms and I can see the beautiful colours on what I have built, there is nothing else more rewarding.
Exploring how to use raw canvas really fascinates me and it rings true to my personal philosophy of being challenged. In fact, one of my main goals is for the viewer to understand the philosophy behind the untouched natural surface of the artwork and not just the image itself.
As the composition takes shape, I often use flowers, plants, and animals to help illustrate the symbolic meaning behind the work and to tell the story. Once I begin applying colours and adding details, I get consumed by the way the brush, and the colours become me. It’s as if the painting flows through me and takes hold, spiritually.
Lastly, I always finish the painting by stitching my name with hand-dyed red thread, which symbolises strength and connection, while closing that chapter of my life.
My desire is for the viewer to connect to at least one of the emotions I’ve expressed in my art because emotions can be very complex and are never one-dimensional. Just because you may feel sad doesn’t mean happiness is non-existent at that moment. Ultimately, as I use the canvas as my personal journal, I like to explore the juxtaposition of these emotional states.
some of the artists that inspire me:
Frida Khalo, Egon Chile, Diego Rivera, Edwa Munch, Paul Gaugin, Joan Miro, Gustav Klimt, Wassily Kandinski, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Haejin Yoo is a self-taught acrylic artist who specialises in surrealistic expressionist art. Haejin’s art meanders through her past and present life experiences with the intention to evoke the same emotions once felt in the moment. As a symbol of her philosophy in life that all things start from the ground, her signature approach is to paint on a raw canvas. This means every canvas is hand stretched onto the frame before the composition takes shape with a series of techniques and complex applications of colours. Hand-dyed red thread is sewed into the canvas in an act to sign off that moment in time, which the painting represents.
Haejin’s artistic passion was discovered at a young age, but after moving to Sydney, Australia alone at the young age of 12, a tough childhood and dramatic adolescent years resulted in the suppression of her artistic desires until her late-twenties.
Now living in Cologne, Germany, Haejin has gained significant traction exhibiting across Europe, including the Amsterdam International Art Fair and winning the Public Vote Award during Werkkunst Gallery’s NOWART Exhibition.