Artist Statement: "My family is comprised of six
boys and two girls, of which I am the youngest. My
father had a passion for drawing. Unfortunately,
he was never encouraged to pursue his art.
Ultimately, he took up a career as an elementary
school teacher. In Korea, schoolteachers follow
yearly contracts that can reassign the teachers to
different schools in different regions. As a
result, our family was always on the move. I grew
up amongst a family of older brothers and sister
of various age gaps. And I was constantly exposed
to new environments. From the differing thoughts
of older siblings to the continuous changes in
living environment, my childhood had no constant
factors. I quickly became accustomed to all the
dynamics and variations of life.
Even though I was brought up with traditional
customs, my family pushed me to new educational
concepts. My father taught me how to draw and
nurtured my artistic aspirations. It is with their
encouragement and support that I am able to come
to the United States to pursue my education.
My paintings are both a representation of the
outside world and a reflection of my inside world.
By considering my emotional reaction and by
imagining stories about my subjects, I am able to
go to beyond superficial representation to convey
Old masters and many contemporary artists have
consistently influenced my art. My passion for
understanding art is my mission in life. My
painting is a way for me to appreciate life."
"Painting is a doorway into another world, a
gateway to another reality.
It is not only an illusion of three dimensional
space but a reflection of the world that exists
within me. This inner world that I paint is partly
based on reality, but it is an idealized reality.
It is a place of calmness that exists in fleeting
moments of time.
With painting, I am able to capture these
serene moments. The people, places, and events
that I paint are frozen in a moment of time and
reality that may not have existed in the material
world (the world that we live in )."
This is a person who has found her voice as an
artist. Tae Park paints a wide selection of
subject matter from the classical figure to
mythological nymphs, antiquated bicycles tying the
viewer to childhood memories, cityscapes of
metropolitan areas worldwide, European street
scenes from her many painting trips to historical
areas and the simple but elegant still life. Her
technique of alternating from saturated pigment to
diffused paint application gives each piece a soft
focus feel. She has her own distinct style,
whether the piece is a 6" x 8" painting of two
plums or a 48" x 72" life-size painting of a
reclining nude the viewer is aware that each is
painted by the same artist. Now, as a painting
instructor at her alma mater, she shares her
passion for the figure and the portrait with
gifted students under her tutelage.