For the creation of this painting I utilized a photo of myself taken a few years back to sketch out the outlines on a blank canvas to begin with. Inspiration for this piece originate from American pop artists Roy Lichtenstein & Andy Warhol - both leading figures in the world of Pop Art. It was a blast experimenting with colours, lines and dots as I did not have to worry about making the painting look 3D.
In Korea, where I was born and had lived most of my childhood, the colour red (red pen, red marker, red pencil crayon, etc.) is never used to write anyone’s name. It is practically considered “forbidden” as our ancestors have always believed that such an action could bring death to that person. In relation to this fact I have always had a certain superstition towards using bright red to write or paint with. However, this electrifying red kept appealing to me – despite my ongoing superstition from childhood – leading me to choose it as my background color.
I can now say I am very satisfied with this decision!