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Drawing influences from such disparate sources as children’s fairytales, traditional Korean genre painting, and the eccentric worlds of Henry Darger and Hieronymus Bosch, Jeon’s works explore in-depth issues of portraiture and narrative.
The mural-sized Little Persons, Big Steps and A Weeping Willow (both 2009) offer sweeping vistas of seemingly fantastical lands. Elaborately-rendered, these locales are inhabited by diminutive characters, deliberately simplified to function as archetypes of
male or female, adult or child, who play out various scenarios in a full spectrum of emotion. Allegorical microcosms in-and-of themselves, these works are balanced by Jeon’s smaller paintings and drawings which focus more intently on individual characters
Kyung Jeon is a Korean-American artist/painter who creates fantastical worlds, “soft, delicate, and tender pencil, watercolor
and gouache drawings”*, weaving images of childlike innocence while layered with uncomfortable and often harrowing themes.
Born 1975, New Jersey
Lives and works in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA