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Against The Current #1 Painting

Haejin Yoo


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 2 D in

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'Against the Current' is a series of six 30cm x 30cm artworks mounted on a black floating frame, handmade by the artist. Each piece depicts the mighty carp, renowned for their unwavering strength and resilience. Carps are also symbol of courage, persistence, abundance, and strength of character. These traits have been accrued over the centuries, based partly on the fish’s ability to swim upriver (like salmon in the Western hemisphere) and up waterfalls in order to mate. Through their impressive toughness, the carp in these artworks remind us that no matter the hardships, we must keep swimming against the currents of our lives for our dreams, and hold onto our passion for when we do meet the right current. In the end, all the hardships would have been worth it. Each ‘Against the Current' comes with two fulu (bujeok) talisman, uniquely hand-painted with grounded cinnabar for luck, prosperity, protection and success.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:11.8 W x 11.8 H x 2 D in

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Haejin Yoo, is a self-taught acrylic artist born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Australia who creates surrealistic expressionist art to evoke past and present emotions. In her artistic exploration, Haejin extends beyond the canvas, integrating mixed media such as acrylics, textiles, carpentry, and spray paint. Her intention is to breathe life into the image, surpassing the constraints of a flat surface. Whether painting onto the frame itself or infusing various materials, each element contributes to the illusion of her surreal expressions. Haejin's artistic passion was discovered at a young age but was suppressed until her late twenties. Following an early career in the sciences has allowed Haejin to apply her skills towards a greater understanding of acrylics and other artistic mediums. She now lives in Cologne, Germany, where she exhibits her work across Europe. Haejin's achievements include being chosen as a Finalist for the Boyne's Artist Award 10th Edition in 2024, winning the Merit Prize Award from Teravarna's International Juried Art Competition (2023), the Artist Expert Award (2022) presented by renowned art critic, Prof. Vittorio Sgarbi., and the First Prize Abstract Award at FIRA International Art Fair Barcelona 2022. Notably, 'Woman in the Bath III' was selected to be the main artwork to promote The Other Art Fair London 2024, being displayed on exhibition collateral and a large 3+ metre banner in the heart of London. Haejin has been featured by Artfinder and Saatchi Art on several occasions, and has exhibited at The Other Art Fair London and Los Angeles in 2023. ARTIST STATEMENT I'm Haejin Yoo, a self-taught acrylic artist, exploring surrealism and symbolism in today's world. Adding carpentry to my art, I create built-in frames for a more captivating effect. My inspiration comes from our modern idea of persona, shaped by our social lives as we grow older. The bathroom is my canvas with the "Woman in the Bath" series, where I capture the tranquility of "private thoughts," in a quiet place where our true selves show. Delicate flowers, veiled in a clear translucent liquid, symbolize the persona—fragile, beautiful, and revealing the concealed essence of self. My goal is to give viewers a sigh of relief, letting them connect with the genuine moments of private thoughts—a journey into our identities.

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