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Jung Hun-sung Watercolor Painting

Jung Hun Sung was born in 1971 in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, South Korea.

  • 2001 Beautiful Yeosu Exhibition (Group)- Yeosu.
  • 2003 Beautiful Yeosu Exhibition (Group)- Yeosu.
  • March 2018 First individual competition, South Korea, North Korea, Jeonju & Sudwell Gallery-Human Watercolor Exhibition
  • April 2019 IWS Vietnam Biennale (Invitation).
  • Moscow International Watercolor Art Festival, Russia (Invitation).
  • In November 2019, Lesons from 1948 (a lesson given to us in 1945) Yeosu Art Museum / Group Exhibition

Currently, living and work as watercolor artist in Korea.


Watercolor painting

Watercolor painting, an ancient and captivating art form, traces its roots back to the earliest human expressions. Let’s embark on a journey through time to explore the fascinating history of watercolor:

  1. Paleolithic Beginnings:
    • The first watercolor paintings likely emerged in the cave paintings of paleolithic Europe. Primitive artists mixed pigments with water, applying them with fingers, sticks, and bones to create vivid depictions on cave walls.
    • These early watercolors served as a means of communication, storytelling, and perhaps even spiritual expression.
  2. Ancient Egypt:
    • Ancient Egyptians utilized water-based paints to adorn the walls of temples and tombs. They also crafted some of the earliest works on paper using papyrus.
    • Watercolor played a significant role in Egyptian art, contributing to the rich visual narratives of their civilization.
  3. European Middle Ages:
    • During the European Middle Ages, watercolor gained prominence as a medium for manuscript illustration. Scribes and artists used it to embellish religious texts, chronicles, and scientific manuscripts.
    • The delicate translucency of watercolor allowed intricate details to flourish within illuminated letters and borders.
  4. Renaissance and Albrecht Dürer:
    • The true evolution of watercolor as an art form commenced with the Renaissance. Among the earliest examples of watercolor is the work of the German Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528).
    • Dürer painted exquisite botanical studies, wildlife scenes, and landscapes using watercolors. His meticulous observations and technical finesse set a high standard for subsequent artists.
  5. Watercolor in Asia:
    • In East Asia, watercolor painting with inks has a rich tradition. It is often referred to as brush painting or scroll painting.
    • Chinese, Korean, and Japanese artists have long embraced watercolor, creating monochromatic masterpieces that evoke emotion and spirituality.
  6. Western Artists and Sketching Tool:
    • In the early 19th century, many Western artists viewed watercolor primarily as a sketching tool. They used it to prepare for their more substantial works in oil or engraving.
    • Watercolor allowed artists to capture fleeting moments, experiment with compositions, and explore color harmonies before committing to permanent media.
  7. From ‘Tinted Drawings’ to a Flourishing Medium:
    • Until the late 18th century, traditional watercolors were known as ‘tinted drawings’. However, as artists honed their techniques, watercolor emerged as a distinct and respected medium.
    • Its luminosity, transparency, and ability to evoke mood made it a favorite among painters across genres.

In summary, watercolor art has an ancient lineage, spanning continents and epochs. From cave walls to delicate manuscripts, from Renaissance studios to contemporary palettes, watercolor continues to enchant and inspire artists and viewers alike.

Remember: Every brushstroke in watercolor carries whispers of creativity and echoes of history.





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  2. A Brief History Of Watercolor Painting – Huckleberry Fine Art
  3. Watercolor painting – New World Encyclopedia
  4. Painting – Watercolour Techniques, Pigments, History | Britannica