Piece description from the artist
Although I was able to find the direction that will lead me to becoming an artist and an art teacher through words of ancient texts, the conflict between me and my happiness was still in distress. The concept of my happiness and happiness through other's continued to be questioned: "What does it mean for me to be happy? Is it through others or can I enjoy the fruit of life alone?" As I questioned myself in the midst of identity crisis, my dearest friend replied, "You can't be happy unless you are happy with yourself."
JP Novark, a "pop surrealist":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_surrealism, considered by some a lowbrow artist and also an experienced "trompe-l'œil":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trompe-l%27œil artist, has been an avid painter since his high school debut. His inspiration initially grew from Korean folk tales from his childhood, though he became even more engulfed by surrealism during an opportunity he had to reside in Europe. Overseas he was captivated by many European artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, René Magritte, and Salvador Dali. His ever-growing curiosity in many styles of art, while still focusing on surrealism, sparks his imagination.
Novark is now influenced by many modern San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles based artists. While learning from multiples new artists’ examples, he still practices the techniques of the old masters. He is still young and blossoming, and Novark hopes his desire to paint will drive him into uncharted territory.
Read more about Novark in "Juxtapoz":http://www.juxtapoz.com/Reader-Art/reader-art-joon-park, "Artist A Day":http://artistaday.com/?p=17126, and "The Roseville Tribune":http://rosevillept.com/detail/169343.html?content_source&category_id=18&search_filter&user_id&event_mode&event_ts_from&event_ts_to&list_type&order_by&order_sort&content_class=1&sub_type&town_id
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