Shin Hong Jik 'Artist's Note'
My philosophy about a painting is first, the painting has to look like a painting. Not drawn beautifully by skill but rather, a drawing is a drawing when drawn by devoted emotion. Therefore, I am freewheeling and through the lively painting, I try to express my hopefulness and overflowing joy to the viewer. While recalling the moment when the viewer is moved by the painting, the form, shape, and color should be drawn subjectively through his or her own interpretation, overcoming reappearance.
Especially, the abstract shape and color should be in harmony, and for the maximized enhancement, I paint with my hands and knife instead of using brush and palette on canvas. In order to express the primary color of the tube, Matiere's materialistic feeling and abstractness are emphasized. To paint a part of picture with great feeling of vitality, a person cannot be locked in the world of generalized notion. Therefore, I inspire vitality in the part of drawing with spasmodic and extemporaneous sense, and to emphasize the faded part of somewhat extravagant design or form and non-geometric border for abstractness, the devotedness of the painting's design should be restored.
Like a great painting increase its vitality as time passes, the painter experiences the four phases of life, birth, old age, sickness, and death, through his or her painting. I believe when the inborn painter tries to be faithful on his or her own, there is a touched feeling to transcend the generation.