Discover Local Artists: Han Young

Art on Park Gallery features the work of Han Young now through April 29. Young aims to represent his nature, landscape and still-life works realistically in oil and watercolor.

Originally from South Korea, he began painting at an early age, learning to work with watercolors and create pencil drawings at a local art institute. He majored in fine art, graduating from Hansung University with a top award.

“Love Confessions,” Oil, 22 by 28 inches, $ 1200

“I came to America in 2000 to study English,” he said. “I met my current roommate and my first painting here was a watercolor of his saltwater reef aquarium. His sister proudly displays this piece at her home in Sunset Bay, New York. After that, I started to paint realism.

“Cherries and Berries,” Watercolor, 24 by18 inches, $ 500

“Because of this early experience, I became inspired by the beauty of the nature in Florida. I always go for more accuracy in my painting. It was actually kind of amazing to see my artwork look like the real thing. I call it magic.”

Currently, he is working on commissioned paintings, and recently finished a 13-by-11 foot koi pond in concrete stain on his client’s living-room floor. For him, this was a new and challenging experience, but he is happy with the results.

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Han working on Koi Pond

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Close up Koi Pond

Young is a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County and Poets of Palm Beaches and he has worked as an instructor at A Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter. “I have had many learning experiences, which have brought me joy,” he said. “I am easily inspired by other artists and I love to inspire others in return.”

Young composed this poem on his koi pond.

Where there are koi,
there are water lily flowers and lily pads
Where there are water lily flowers and lily pads,
there are frogs, butterflies and dragonflies
The pond is breathing its happiness and
the full circle of love

Art on Park is located at 800 Park Avenue, Lake Park. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 561-345-2842.

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