Taesook Jung

Vigorous Life 1, Taesook Jung, Acrylic Gouache on Canvas

Artist Statement

My Vigorous Life series explores the unity of nature and the human experience. This concept derives from East Asian philosophy and it is deeply ingrained into that culture. The abundance of Nature has always inspired me. I feel as though there is a profound connection between Nature and my work. It is the backbone of my art whatever the medium or materials. Often I like to depict the changes in color of the seasons harking back to my experience of life and moments. In creating my abstract paintings, I internalize my experiences and finds conceptual parallels in my imagery and process. I layer washes of color to create dark backgrounds that give the illusion of depth. Then paints bright energetic brush strokes on top, interrupting the surface. This creates a harmony of tension and resolution that serves as the basis for the composition. The dark colors evoke a sense of earthiness and decay, while the light colors call to mind the youthful energy of spring, summer greenery and blue. By balancing these two extremes in a single unified composition, they are understood in relation to one another, rather than as opposites. I see this process as an embodiment of accepting adversity in order to celebrate the resilience of life. My deeply optimistic artwork openly embrace joy and beauty without discounting struggle. Visually abstract, the viewer is invited to reflect upon these processes while enjoying the patterns and color of the painting.

Artist Bio 

Taesook Jung (born in 1971, South Korea) is a Korean American Artist. She is a seasoned professional visual artist. She focuses on the unity of nature and human experience through profound colors and energetic brush strokes. Her works has been exhibited Korea and U.S.A.

Her education background is Korean painting. She received her B.F.A. degree in 1994, and M.F.A. degree in 1998 from Hong-ik University (Seoul, Korea). Taesook has deep knowledge about Art history and East Asian philosophy. Therefore, she can intercross both ancient and modern Art style, and Western and Eastern Art style. She practices to reflect those experience on her work.

Also, Taesook has an Art teacher certification (Junior and Senior high school) in Korea. She lectured at Daegu Art college (1996~1997). During working as a curator, she participated in numerous environmental Art projects in Korea (1997~1999). Presently, she leads an Art institution, Around Art at Cherry Hill.

Artist Timeline

Taesook Jung




1994~1996 Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea, M.F.A. Oriental Painting 1990~1994 Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea, B.F.A. Oriental Painting Continuing Education

2011~2013 New York University, New York, NY, Certification, Art Appraisal

Selected Exhibitions


2020 Vigorous Life (Townley Gallery, New York, NY)

2016 Falling in the color of May (Cherry Hill Library Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ)

2016 I wish... (the Grand gallery, Wilmington DE)

1997 about Memories (Dukwon gallery, Seoul, South Korea)


2020 The National (The National, Philadelphia, PA) Curated by Clare Finin

2020 Gold (Townley Gallery, New York, NY) Curated by Grace Ji

2019 NJ Seoul (Bergen Community College Gallery, Paramus NJ) Curated by Timothy Blunk 2018 Artbox.Project New York 1.0 (Stricoff Gallery, New York, NY)

2017 AKUA Art Show (MOKAH Museum, New York, NY)

2016 Abington Art center Juried Show (Abington Art center, Abington, PA)

2016 New Boon(e) (New Boone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA) curated by Maureen O'Dwyer

2016 Seoul-New York Project (Riverside Art Gallery, Hackensack, NJ)

2016 Novus Conceptus (Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery, Houston TX) curated by Hannah Bacol Bush

2015 A celebration of Art and Life (University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA) presented by Center for the Emerging Visual Arts

2010 the 18th Friends of Pleiades invitational Show (Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY)

2018 Vibrant Affects (Thomas Jefferson University Bodine Center for Cancer Treatment, Philadelphia, PA) Curated by Mat Tomezsko

2006 the 12th Friends of Pleiades invitational Show (Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY)

1995 the 9th Exhibition of Wawon (Gong-pyung Art Center, Seoul, South Korea)

1994 the 8th Exhibition of Wawon (Kyung-in Gallery, Seoul, South Korea)

1994 The 8th Exhibition of Phil-mook (Hongik University Museum, Seoul, South Korea)

Awards and Honors

1995 the 14th Grand Art Competition of Korea winners (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon)

1993 the 3rd MBC Grand Art Competition winners (Seoul Art Center Hangaran Art Museum, Seoul)

1993 the 3rd New Frontier Art Contest winners (Kyung-in Museum)

1991 the 4th Korea Women Art show winners (Young-poong Art Hall) Scholarship

1995 Received with honors, Graduated School of Fine Art Hong-Ik University

1992 Received with honors, Hong-Ik University


2019 Guest Instructor, Korean Art (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA))

2014 Guest Instructor, Joseon Dynasty Exhibition (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

2007~2014 Guest Instructor, Asian Art Festival (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

2006 Guest Instructor, International Art Festival (Middle Township, Pennsylvania)

1996 Lecturer, Daegu Art College (Daegu)

Professional Experience

1997~1999 Curator, Yewon Gallery, (Seoul, South Korea) Environmental Art Planning for Public Buildings

(KT Building, Sungnam: Intercontinental Hotel Plan, Seoul: Korean Mobile Building, Seoul, ect.)

1996 Lecturer, Daegu Art College (Daegu South Korea)

1994 Middle and High School Art Teacher’s Certification (Education Department of South Korea Gov.)


1996 A study on the Kang, Se-Whang’s Concept of Fine Art; How his idea Affected the 18 century of the Joseon era (Master Thesis, Hong-Ik University)


Fox Business School of Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), PARK Town Place (Philadelphia, PA), Millennium Bank at Manhattan (New York, NY)