Wk3-Artist Interview-Yireh Elaine Kwak



Here we have the wonderful artist, Yireh Elaine Kwak, pictured in front of her favorite piece of work.  Kwak explains how this piece of art work took her the longest to complete.  She spent approximately one whole semester to complete it.  This form of art is called triptik, which consists of three panels and is very difficult to produce.  Kwak mentioned the complications of creating individually strong panels, but still making sure they are cohesive as one.  I personally believe she did a wonderful job, the scenic view across the panels is so detailed and very appealing.

“Painting is a manual art and requires you to be strong.”-Yireh Elaine Kwak

Kwak partnered up with artist, Maryann Gonzalez to create Harmony and Discordance: Conflicting Landscapes.  They combined their artwork to emphasize the tension between urban cityscape and the natural world.  They believe the natural world is under appreciated in todays society.  Due to this belief their paintings focus on urban landscapes.  These paintings are created with oil paints rather than acrylic.  Kwak believes oils are more professional and produce more vibrant colors, although it is more difficult to paint with them.

I found Kwak’s source of inspiration very humbling.  She gets her inspiration from her home and the nature around her.  She currently lives on a hill and has a scenic view of greenery, flowers and plants.  Kwak mentioned how there is a large golf course in her backyard.  Most of these scenic views are portrayed throughout her paintings.  It is amazing how she takes her everyday views and depicts the simplicity of nature around us.  The natural world should be appreciated more and through Kwak’s paintings it is possible.

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