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Pink Lady, 2014 Acrylic,Pen & Oil Stick On Canvas 72.7 X60.6cm
PAUSE

1100 South Hope Street
Suite 105
Los Angeles, CA 90015
February 28th, 2015 - April 18th, 2015
Opening: February 28th, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.pyogalleryla.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
info@pyogalleryla.com
PHONE:  
213.405.1488
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday through Saturday; 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
TAGS:  
painting, figurative, pop, graffiti/street-art, drawing, mixed-media

DESCRIPTION

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.”