Artwork and film collide in Yoora Lee’s cinematic oil paintings

Yoora Lee paints memories and emotions as if she have been viewing them at a “movie theatre” – “a drama with evocative music and melancholic colours.” Fascinated by the distinctive viewpoints, compositions and colors which abound in the world of cinema, the artist will frequently view movies in her studio just before commencing a new piece. Afterwards, she’ll make copious sketches prior to settling on a composition and then articulating it in oil paint, employing her unique style of horizontal strokes to compose types. As a result of this sensitive layering of slender oil paint, her artworks appear to tremble with momentum, “like a online video on a Television set screen”.

Beginning her specialized training in South Korea wherever she was born and elevated, Yoora moved to Chicago to continue on acquiring her individual design and style: “Instead of just painting subjects from reference, I have graduated to telling stories through my work.” The form of tale that Yoora likes to portray are typically types that are hard to explain merely. For case in point, recent experimentations have led her to depict the “love encounter” “a unpleasant collision of diverse factors and at the identical time a combination of ecstasy”.

The “love encounter” in movies is normally captured as a dizzy sensory overload. But Yoora details out that this “passionate variety of adore typically feels unrealistic compared to what actually happens in life”. In her portray Poom, she captures the sadness of separation towards the stop of a partnership. Expertly evoking the overpowering thoughts that turn out to be hooked up to our sense of odor, the portray describes “the longing for a cherished a single as a scent”, she tells us. In pale, melancholic hues, a seated figure emerges from textured brushstrokes. Leaning into their folded arms, the determine normally takes a deep breath in as they bear in mind a beloved one through their lingering scent.