PYO Gallery LA is pleased to announce PAUSE, an exhibition of recent paintings by the
celebrated actor, producer, and visual artist, HA JUNG-WOO.
The films of Ha Jung-Woo are internationally acclaimed for the complex characters he portrays in
the movies, but few know he is equally skilled as an artist. This exhibition will debut a series of
paintings composed in Hawaii while he was working on an upcoming film. Ha’s artworks explore
the emotional groundwork of the various personas he inhabits, serving as a method of study and
of departure from the scripted situations that appear on screen. He paints from the inside out,
blending Pop imagery with a passion for simplicity, pattern, and color. His subjects consist of
portraits, crosses, and iconic motifs rendered in a style that evokes Primitivism and folk art.
Ha’s paintings are direct, flamboyant, and inspired by the confrontational street art of the 1980s.
Similar to graffiti artists of the period, painting is a means of survival for Ha. As he says, painting
allows him to unravel and express his inner core. “A picture should be fun just like a movie," he
says. "I hope people will find the fun and humor in my paintings.”