Jina Park


Jina Park paints scenes from gallery openings, after-parties, and simple outings with her friends and colleagues; these casual images derive from personal engagements and social contacts and are wholly devoid of allegorical references or symbolism. Meyer Schapiro said of the early Impressionists that their subjects reflect “the conception of art as solely a field of individual enjoyment, without reference to ideas and motives”; Park’s vision resuscitates that spirit of art’s identification with leisure after a century of ideological qualms about what to paint or what could be painted.

Although Park is keenly aware of the recent history of figurative painting and its formalist prohibition in the past, as a student she also witnessed the phenomenal rise of new painting in the 1990s. Unlike the preceding generation of artists, who had been forced to be skeptical of the very possibility of

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