Jeong Han Yun & Choon Hyang Yun
The Yuns are a married couple, who have chosen to work together. Both were educated in South Korea and received BFA’s at Kemyung University, in Daegoo, with majors in Western art. Their education has influenced the direction of their artwork profoundly. Jeong went on to receive his MFA and became a professor for many years. Each has pursued their individual art careers, to great acclaim and recognition, in their homeland and abroad. When their sons decided to come to the U.S. to further their studies the couple immigrated to be close to family. Jeong received a second MFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, with an emphasis in Printmaking.
The Yuns made a monumental decision several years ago, they determined that they could create works as a team differently from what they did individually. The results of these collaborative efforts are remarkable, moving and unique. They sign each work with their names and add in each of their thumb prints to signify their approval of each completed masterpiece. Their creations are timeless and extraordinarily durable, examples of Hanji dating back to the Sixth Century have been excavated in wonderful condition. They are, for want of a better term, like “paper tapestries”. They are meant to be framed and exhibited without glass, so that light can saturate the “paintings”, without reflection. A specialized mounting system, employing magnets, has been devised to show these spectacular works.
The Yuns have created, in their works, a unique alchemy of ancient Asian techniques and more modern Western imagery, specifically abstraction. Their “paintings” are made in the traditional method of Hanji, Korean paper-making, which they utilize in both time-honored and non-traditional ways. The origins of Hanji date back almost 2,000 years. It is believed that paper was invented in 105 BC in China, from there paper-making skills were passed on to Korea and then carried on to Japan. They begin a meticulous and arduous progression of steaming and processing the bark to form a pulp. It is a totally organic, all-natural process. Some of the prepared pulp will be put into smaller containers and blended with ground natural pigments, one for each color which may be used in their creations. The Yuns are gifted master paper-makers. It is a laborious, yet joyful, process of creation, demanding supreme patience and confidence.