Jungho Lee: “Art is the Potential to Arouse Human Inner Strength.”

Artist name: Jungho Lee

Featured Work 1: “Ernest Miller Hemingway” from the picture book, Promenade


Illustrator Jungho Lee speaks to the soul of the book lover. In his pale, twilight-hued works, books are understood in many forms; as buildings, vehicles, totems, spells, landscapes, desserts, universes, gateways and undefinable mysteries. As a loyal book devotee, it’s no surprise to me that he was named the overall professional winner of the World Illustration Awards by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in 2016. Please enjoy his homage to the book and the power of narrative, along with a few of his other soft but vivid illustrations, and his thoughtful interview below.

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5 Questions for the Artist: (translated from Korean)

1. What is art to you?

For me, art is the potential to arouse human inner strength. This power can tie the role of art to the direction of a person’s life and make their life more meaningful.

2. What did you make in the past and why?

After graduating from college and working for years as a graphic designer at a design agency, I became an independent illustrator, which I had long desired. After earning a living with commercial illustrations, and through much repetition, I began little by little to find my personal work style.

3. What are you making now and why?

I’ve been focusing for several years on works about books. The book is the oldest and most familiar media to humans. And, through its simple structure, it offers the reader an experience that transcends time and space. Some say the book is a mediator between reality and unreality. An attractive part of this process is that my work may lead the readers of books to re-imagine books’ characteristics.

4. What are your hopes for the future?

I plan to create a picture book, pictorial essays, free writing–the various types of works that can be published as books. I am making plans to write a picture book that can be read around the world.

5. What else would you like to say?

I think all art is the product of solitude. Solitude and loneliness are different. Solitude is a kind of necessary condition for the birth of a work of art. When we can better govern ourselves in solitude, we can think about and see the world perfectly. I hope many people can create good art and experience inner cultivation.

Artist Supplied Background: (via AOI)

Jungho Lee studied graphic design at Hongik University in Seoul. After undergraduate, he has worked as an illustrator for various media since 2007. Recently, he has focused on works for books and making a picture book.”

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