Since 1996 Duri Park has had more than 30 solo exhibitions of painting, including 9 international exhibitions in Paris, Taiwan, Osaka, Tokyo, Rome, San Francisco, and New York; more than 300 group exhibitions worldwide, including in Russia, Sweden, Austria, China, Japan, and Thailand. Her works have been shown in the Kwangju International Biennale Special Section, Taiwan City Museum, Tainan Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Embassy of Korea in Rome, International Theatre Festivals, Kyeong-nam Art Museum in Korea, Busan Museum of Modern Art in Korea, and hundreds of group exhibitions, including at Yeosu Culture Expo and Andong Hahoe World Heritage Town Andog. Important commissions include Changwon MBC (Gyeaungnam Broadcasting Corporation) Murals, Lotte Department Store Murals, and the Muhak Company Murals in Korea.
Park has developed a technique described by the artist as “looking down from heaven to the earth point.” She, using symbolic metaphors, represents daily life and nature that provide viewers a sense of looking down on a floating image of detectable pictorial shapes.
She looks at movements of the air and the earth in the forest, and express a value of all the living things visible or invisible that reside in the flow of the universe and its cycles of creation and extinction.
To Park, the forest seems to be almost exclusive, filled with only two colors: green of trees and brown of mountains. Inside the forest, however, various flowers and grasses, animals, insects, and microbes exist. Also, light, wind, and fog together are intermingled which complete the deeper picture of all co-existent natural phenomena.
It is a beautiful fact, the way, in which all these things appear. They live in a form of natural consideration for one another, in harmony and adapting to nature’s order. Humans may exist in the same manner. Only visible things do not mean existence. Some disappear in an instant, and some images in her painting point toward the gestures of loneliness or despair of the small and insignificant. So the essence of Park's work is to show nature’s intention through its peculiar perceptional depth. Depicting the forest in her own, and through a combination of reason and meditation, she explores building of layers of color. Thus, she shows the value of existence as is adapted to the order of the universe.
The purpose of Park’s work is to have the viewer achieve a state of attainment through the process of meditating on mysteries of living things. She tries to express consolation and dignity of life, and hopes to meet the viewer in even more spatial depth and speculation.
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Born in 1958 in South Korea, Park studied painting at the Sejong School of Fine Art, BFA in 1981, and earned MFA in 2000 from Gyung-nam University. Public collections in Korea include the government buildings in Chang-won City, the Art Colleges of Chang-sin, the Chamber of Commerce, Chang-won MBC, Bank of Gyung-nam, the Education Group Co Muhak, Sejon Hotel, and so on.Park has worked on Architectural Review Committee of the Chang-won City, Commentary Panel of Art Corner at Chang-won MBC, Head of Contemporary Art Branch of Masan Art Association, and Executive Committee and Jury of the Sung-san Art Center. She taught at Masan Girls Senior Secondary School, Kyung-nam University, Masan University, and Chang-shin University. In 2000, Park was acknowledged for her public work in Masan City; 2004, awarded the Dong-seo Prize; 2016, selected for the Art League Residency at VYT. She has also completed her residency at School of Visual Art (SVA) in 2018. She currently works in her studio at 3825 56th street, Woodside, NY.
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In an interview with MyArts
“I liked to draw ever since I was a child. As a person who enjoys spending time alone, I liked to draw cartoons on a piece of paper and played with muds. As I entered elementary school, my school art teachers praised my art skills and I constantly looked forward to taking art classes. It came natural to me that I would become a painter as I participated in art activities in middle school and high school. Especially, the art teacher whom I met in high school was full of passion and he was the one who taught me daringly and encouraged me to lead my way in becoming an unique artist."
"I like to see. I try to look at things that don’t come to my sight at first. For instance, I can easily see main performers in a stage of a theater. However, I try to feel the atmosphere, performer’s gestures, background surrounding the performers rather than looking at the main characters. When watching sports on the television, I think about the people who are sitting in the stadium, their presence, the place’s feature, the meaning of time and space. I believe that my attempt at looking at the world in a different perspective inspires my work."