“My art is a fabrication of reality – the way I see it in my mind. Music, culture, childhood memories, and the people in the environment that surrounds me influence it. When I pass by strangers or a situation taking place, my mind begins to create stories about them – imagining their lives, the triumphs, the tragedies, and the happiness or sadness they experience – which becomes the inspiration for my artwork. But, there is truth in my art. It comes from the way I am feeling at the time I am constructing a painting, and it is the feeling I am trying to convey.”
Born a minister’s son in 1977 in Seoul Korea, Young Chun remembers, as a child, living in a small attachment to a hillside church for a brief time. The weekdays spent running around with imaginary friends in the dim empty chapel fuelled his imagination, contributing to his artistic growth. The “chapel” has become a permanent fixture in his creative mind – where he constructs, develops and stores works in progress, before they ever meet a sketchpad. In 2000, Young received his B.F.A from the Art Centre College of Design, in California. After several years of painting without clear direction, he stumbled into the healthcare field to search for “substance” and “something deeper in life”. The years spent working in hospitals in the LA area, faced with life and death situations expanded his outlook on life, adding to his artistic vision. In February of 2011, Young quit his career as a respiratory therapist, to pursue a life as a full time artist. He currently lives and works in Orange County, California.
Young’s work is featured in the July issue of beautiful.bizarre magazine.
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