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Pure cosmic energy and earthly bound

JP Novark
San Jose, CA

About the Artist

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 s…

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About the Artist

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

Artist’s Work

Shadow of a shadow
Joon park

Shadow of a Shadow

By JP Novark

Ubiquitous cyclex
Joon park

Ubiquitous Cycle//X

By JP Novark

Pure cosmic energy and earthly bound
Joon park

Pure Cosmic Energy and Earthly Bound

By JP Novark

Two is one
Joon park

Two is One

By JP Novark

As she chased her dreams i watched her eaten alive
Joon park

As she chased her dreams, I watched her eaten alive by fate.

By JP Novark

Living the life of ya
Joon park

Living the Life of Ya

By JP Novark

Esprit de corps
Joon park

Esprit de corps

By JP Novark

Eye of the needle
Joon park

Through the Eye of the Needle

By JP Novark

Searching for paradise
Joon park

Searching for Paradise

By JP Novark

Unhappy cannibal
Joon park

Unhappy Cannibal

By JP Novark

Kill joy
Joon park

Kill Joy

By JP Novark

Selected Exhibitions

  • Lower Branch Gallery; The Oddities of Grace
    San Francisco, CA, 2013
  • 111 Minna Gallery; Mosaic:8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration
    San Francisco,CA, 2012
  • Black Gallery; Natives, solo show
    San Jose, CA, 2012
  • 1015 Folsom; Raw:San Francisco presents "4th Annual Semi-Finals Show"
    San Francisco, CA, 2012
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art; Jet Set Our Dreams Fundraiser Show
    Bakersfield, CA, 2011

Press and Accolades

  • Blue Line Gallery: Out of the Blue Merit Award for "Through an eye of a needle"
    2008
  • California State Fair 1st Place and Cultural Heritage Award for "Up Right Platitude"
    2007
  • Roseville Arts 2nd Place for "Black out"
    2006