Jo In Hyuk is a talented illustrator from South Korea whose work has a dreamy, ethereal quality to it.
Like many artists from South Korea, Hyuk captures a haunting energy in his art. Nothing seems wholly innocent, almost as if each image is touched by something sinister and at any moment a head could turn, an eye could blink and you could be sucked into a horror film.
This distinct energy connects many South Korean artists, ensuring their collective work is never dull and indeed, always the opposite.
Hyuk’s figures are delicate and ghostly, placed serenely in pastel environments that often allude to bathing or bathrooms. Any horror fan knows this original ‘safe’ place has been taken and properly ripped apart, leaving a latent room where mirrors and plug-holes have the potential to cause extreme chaos — and pain. These water environments also add a femininity to each piece, and when there isn’t water, there may be a reminder of the ocean via a fish or two.
Hyuk remains a bit of a mystery online, lacking a website or any detailed information about himself or his artwork. Delicate line work, cross hatching, detailed hair, serene faces, unusual cropping and impressive use of negative space are some of Hyuk’s style points. These elements work in unison to create portraiture that is full of beauty while also maintaining an eerie uneasiness. Overall, Hyuk’s work is rather wonderful.
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