2:45 am - 06/19/2012

Marvelous Universe: Korean Idols

*close up photo of the painting in the sources

The piece is titled, “MARVELOUS UNIVERSE: Korean Idols” by artist Jung InSung (정인성).

It’s a 6.36ft x 4.27ft oil on canvas painting that took six months to complete and features over 550 Korean idol stars.

Awesome, right? It’s not everyday that you stumble upon a massive painting featuring your favorite idols. I was also very pleased seeing how my favorite boys (TVXQ/JYJ & BigBang) were portrayed (JaeJoong right smack in the middle, baby!)

And as I am a curious kid, I asked the artist a couple of questions to give a better background of the inspiration behind the painting, as well as the process he went through to finish his work. I was very lucky because he was really nice and accommodating! Read on for the Q&A! ^^

CANDYSKY: Can you give us a short introduction about yourself?

Jung InSung: I’m living in Seoul, born at 1981, male, and I have no formal careers of exhibition. This is the very first external exhibition of mine.

CS: What was your inspiration in painting Marvelous Universe: Korean Idols?

JIS: It was an intensive experience that I’ve seen a picture which described all characters of ‘Marvel Universe’ and I naturally overlapped them with the society of Korean idol stars. I decided to start painting since the scene couldn’t be ignored as it was materialized in my brain.

CS: Please tell us about the painting process. (How long it took to paint, how many idols and groups are included and other details you would like to share~)

JIS: First, I set up a list of idol singers and searched proper images followed by the list. In order to find matching images of the painting, I had to secure at least 3 photos of one singer and for that, more than 10 proper photos had to be searched. You will not be able to imagine the number of image that I’ve searched. There are 550 people in the painting.

Design - I intended to parody the concept of ‘Marvel Universe’ but not tried to parody each characters. Even, Wonder woman and Superman at the front row is characters of D.C Comics, not Marvel Comics. I assumed that the most important thing was assigning appropriate costumes that can express each characters of the singers that I felt when I saw them. Fortunately, some characters could be modified slightly, on the while, I had to create new design from the scratch–like G-dragon.

Sketch - The importance of sketch was pretty enormous since the process was realizing ‘complex but specific’ image that was already materialized in my imagination. The early stage of painting can be said ‘designing’ lather than ‘sketching’. In comparison with other paintings which is finished and shaped by coloring, it had to be almost perfectly finished work of art even at the sketch stage. Otherwise, there could be structural flaws like domino without a single chip during and consequently, it would be tedious painting without any impact like the work.

Coloring - Unlike the sketching, the selection of color was improvising. At first, I thought that assigning every colors before starting can heighten the degree of completion, but I wanted to coordinate colors while I am painting it actually. It could be so boring that I would hardly finished it without the pleasure.

It took total of 6 months to paint.

CS: Do you have an exhibition where Korean Idol fans can view your painting?

JIS: Not yet. It’s been 3 weeks that I finished the painting. I want to open it to the public but it takes too much time to exhibit it at the gallery through formal process besides, I can not be guaranteed if it can work well. On that reason, I decided to open exhibition ‘This is Also Public Art‘ by myself on June 9th, Saturday, on the street in front of Sejong Center which is showing the exhibition ‘This is Public Art’. The content of the first page of http://insungjung.me is invitation of the exhibition. Additionally I promoted it via SNS, I’m not sure many people would come.

After finding out about how long it took to make and the process it went through, I am even more speechless! (Okay part of this is because I don’t think I have as much patience to illustrate and paint 550 people in detail!)  I love how two of my interests — art and kpop are combined in this glorious piece! I would really like to be able to see this painting in person one day ^^

While it won’t be part of any collective exhibitions, it’s great that the artist will be showcasing it this Saturday. It’s not an official exhibit, but an independent one! So far in my trips to Korea it’s normal to see artists displaying and showcasing their works of art along the streets or at plazas. This is what Jung InSung-ssi will be doing^^

For those of you currently in Seoul, please take time to view “Marvelous Universe: Korean Idols” by Jung InSung-ssi this coming Saturday , June 9, across the Sejong Center. Let’s support him and this wonderful piece!

Visit Jung InSung’s website: http://insungjung.me and follow him on twitter: @insung_jung ^^

photo of painting: Jung Insung's Website | more close up shots of the painting: here, here, here, here, and here
article: Candy-sky blog


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woohyun 18th-Jun-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
whomp 18th-Jun-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
oh my GOD

Edited at 2012-06-18 07:17 pm (UTC)
benihime99 18th-Jun-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Holy flying cow!!! that is a lot of work
thebluemonk 18th-Jun-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
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toshi830 18th-Jun-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Design - I intended to parody the concept of ‘Marvel Universe’ but not tried to parody each characters. Even, Wonder woman and Superman at the front row is characters of D.C Comics, not Marvel Comics.

cool was wondering why that was there
toshi830 18th-Jun-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Of course HoMin have their glowing flaming arm thing from keep your head down

_pinkfish 18th-Jun-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Holy crap that is awesome. They're all so recognizable! :O
asnindie 18th-Jun-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Who's the Phoenix? Is it Hara?

It's fucking cool
toshi830 18th-Jun-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I thought it was supposed to be BoA but then I couldn't decide who the girl next to the swords guy was
honeebs 18th-Jun-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
He should scan it for massive close ups because if Jung Ji Hoon is not in it, he should do it over.
>.> hehe
Nevermind he's wearing some thor meets ironman suit... NICEUH!

Edited at 2012-06-18 07:29 pm (UTC)
691979082 18th-Jun-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
That is fabulous. ;~;

murderistx 18th-Jun-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
IU is so cute in this painting.
lysblack 18th-Jun-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
OP you forgot the miss a tag! you can clearly see the miss a girls in the first line!
aishiteruyuto23 18th-Jun-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
I know tagged miss a! >
kimishim 18th-Jun-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
lets play wheres waldo
redgreendress 18th-Jun-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
let's play where's Heechul, 'cause I've been looking at this thing for five minutes and I can't see him anywhere
germaineu 18th-Jun-2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Why no Queen Hyori =(
691979082 18th-Jun-2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
I keep looking for her too, but then again, I'm not seeing any first gen idols. At least not near the front where I can make them out?
monster_mutt 18th-Jun-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
holy cow that is an insane amount of work, the faces i recognize look really good, too!
weerainbow 18th-Jun-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is a cool idea and really well done. I'd love to see it irl!!
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