The masterpiece collection
The Three Graces is a departure from Park HyungJin’s previous work in more than one way, his color palette has darkened and this work features multiple characters, versus the usual lone figure depicted in his works.
Despite these shifts, in many aspects, this work is still clearly recognizable as a Park HyungJin, with his signature fusion of hyperrealism rooted in Western art history and an idealism that has traditionally been such a central tenet in Asian art. Through this work, the one-Greek Graces have reincarnated in Korea, as if to underscore their universal and timeless qualities. But something about these three Graces is different. What does their body language and eye contact say to you?
“It is not easy for a painter, or an author for that matter, to significantly change their style or theme. They may lose their audience, for whom they create,” says Park HyungJin. “The IBEX Masterpiece Project gave me the practical possibility and the artistic space to explore changes in my work.”