"Max" Jung Nam Yoon (Korean, b. 1944) loves the colors and beauty of nature. His favorite subject matter to paint is colorful countryside landscapes. His strong sense of composition and space combined with a flair for the dramatic use of light, naturally lead him to create striking original oil paintings. The warm light softly grazes the fields; trees and ponds create a romantic and welcoming landscape painting. His traditional landscape oil paintings could represent either a European or American landscape interchangeably. His work is widely sought-after. Read More
"Max" Jung Nam Yoon was born in Korea in 1944. At a very early in age, he was fascinated by fine artwork. With the understanding and support of his mother who also had a high appreciation and love of the arts, he was encouraged to study painting. At the same time, he was also very fond of music. He organized a band and gave many musical performances. To Yoon all forms of art have something in common, influencing the other forms of art mutually and causing synergy. For this reason, he was able to paint and play music at the same time, even though he was often constrained by the lack of time in a day.
After graduating from college, Yoon had to choose between these two loves and decided on a career in music. He performed as a Jazz musician on the stage of the 8th United States Army for 12 years, and played the bass for Pattie Kim, a famous Korean singer. However, in 1975, he suffered a serious injury to his left hand in an accident cutting short his music career. He then returned to his other love, painting. His past activities with music had such considerable influence on his paintings that some people have said that they “feel the soft jazz music in his paintings”.
Yoon decided to devote his life to painting. Yoon’s father was quoted as follows: “I did not express how I felt, but got very excited at his decision. I am very aware that life as a painter is not easy at all. Never the less, I felt like leaping with joy because I can help him as a father and a mentor in the future.”
Another one of Yoon’s interests is gardening. His reasoning is found in this next quote: “A garden in an artificial space which men make in an attempt to create nature in their possession. It might sound strange, but I regard artificiality as an action of human’s searching for the long lost nature. This is because nature around us was deprived of its substance a long, long time ago. Accordingly, I want to capture the following things in my paintings: the green world we long for, the intensity of the wild nature, the peaceful touch of light and the warm world of life by using the garden as a subject, even though it may be transformed and artificial. Indeed, I would like to convey my message to others that the world still has hope and a lot of beautiful things.”