Jim Park captures an infinity of natural details in a single frame creating images that appear to be ever moving and ever changing, much like the seas, lakes and forests which the artist paints.
Park’s works are windows into a natural world that we all long to pull in a little closer. The realism of the artist’s work combined with the smallness of the highlighted scope draws viewers into pieces that become thriving with sound; one can almost hear the crashing of the sea, the gentle babble of calmer waters or the wind gently blowing through trees and mountains.
Utilizing cool, haunting hues or warm, enveloping tones Park expertly captures the evocative serenity of the sea, the chameleon like quality of water and the endless swirling surface of a marine world. Foam, spray, surf and light are perfectly juxtaposed in the artist’s almost mosaic like renditions of coastal beauty and landscapes.
Park's works reflect his profound interest in natural places, the relationships between different locations, and the ways in which these places interact with light. Influenced by the changing landscape and rapid globalization of cities he has lived in, his large-scale paintings function as a tangible record and re-creation of his mental and emotional experiences while walking through these landscapes.
For Park, the inspirational impact of natural and man-made light evokes both a sense of enigma and discovery, the quality of which he explores through his creation of atmospheric and sensory experiences of landscape shaped by time. His works are characterized by accidental, swift, and fluid mark-making techniques that evolve in an organic manner according to his subject matter.
Born in South Korea, Park grew up in a small city called Pohang. He is attracted to the use of large canvas for capturing the sense of loneliness that may be evoked by situations such as watching the waves crash on the beach. Previously an art director, he has since turned to painting full time. He hikes and sketches on Vancouver Island and a Levette Lake near Squamish, British Columbia. His work is collected both publicly and privately in North America.