Korean artist An Jung-hwan creates hyperrealistic paintings that look like portals into vivid landscapes. His painstakingly meticulous technique renders textured tree bark, dappled sunlight, and lush green grass as perfect as a photograph. Each nature scene is so enticing in its clarity that it beckons you to look closer.
Born in 1978, Jung-hwan received his formal education in painting at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. There, the artist focused his creative practice on large-scale oil landscapes. “[Nature] gives a lot of benefits to mankind, such as fresh and clean air, [a] cool breeze… warm sunshine and clear water… and tranquility immersed in silence,” Jung-hwan explains on his Facebook page. His body of work does not contain any hint of human life, choosing instead to highlight the splendor of the environment, untouched and thriving.
The artist draws inspiration from the diversity of landscapes in South Korea, including wooded forests, rolling meadows, and rugged mountains. To achieve the high level of hyperrealism he is known for, Jung-hwan spends numerous weeks and countless hours working on a single painting. A closer look at one of his canvases reveals his scrupulous application of paint to render his subjects so naturally. As a result, each of his landscapes sings with lifelike spirit.
Jung-hwan’s stunning landscape paintings have been exhibited throughout Korea and Asia. Scroll down to view more of his work, and follow the painter on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with his latest creations.0