Five Guys

After the period working with Seb, I wanted to focus on personal stories of sick people.

So I decided to paint observational portraits of them based on long term observation with private interviews.  


I could conduct this project with 5 models. I wanted to understand one’s overall life and I wanted to portray one’s pain and struggle.

Before I decided the images, I’ve discussed with each model and I reflected their ideas too. This process took a long time, including time painting.

The fighter on the red carpet, acrylic on canvas, 70cm x 50cm, 2016

Seb has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. He wanted to be shown in the portrait as a strong fighter with his crutches and splints.

And he never gave up his dream to be an actor so I painted him on the red carpet.

Today I understand everything, acrylic on canvas, 90cm x 60cm, 2016

Micheal has been suffering from bipolar over 25 years. Now he can control his condition by exercise and creative activities like photography or writing poems, so I put controller, running shoes, camera and his poem as a background.

And I illustrated about bipolar symptoms with pope vestment made of moths, and black ravens eating the moths.

The escapers, acrylic on canvas, 70cm x 100m, 2016

J has been suffering from chronic insomnia for 5 years. He asked me to paint him inside a bath as it was his best remedy. So I put him inside a fish tank with fishes which never sleep deeply, and I put his extra remedies such as writing, wine, and lavenders together.

Where is the dog?, acrylic on canvas, 45cm x 35cm, 2016

This guy was a homeless man commuting to the shop near by my place. I have interviewed him and he always talked only about his lost dog.

I painted his worried look with an empty spot for his dog.

Ahn's table, acrylic on canvas, 90cm x 60cm, 2016

Ahn was overweight and had a depression for it. He wanted a fairy tale image with his struggling body. So, I depicted him struggling to carry a big table to a cave. And I made up the fairy characters and put them helping him to get super foods and destroying his favourite, mc donalds on the table.


This fairy character became “Petits Pieds”

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