Korean Artist Gives New Life To Busts, Antique Paintings, And Photos By Turning Them Into Hyperrealistic Portraits (9 Pics)

The works of South Korean hyperrealist painter Joongwon Jeong, a freelance illustrator who studied Design and Visual Communication at Hongik University of Art & Design in Seoul, can easily impress anyone. We have already shown some of the artist’s work two years ago and today we return with more. This time, Joongwon Jeong breathes new life into antique paintings and famous busts by giving them an acrylic paint makeover.

Being his favorite type of paint, acrylic on canvas according to Jeong is very versatile as it allows to emulate both the viscous texture of the oil and soft splash of watercolors.With solo and group exhibitions in Seoul, Jeong is also quite popular on the internet, especially on his Facebook page where you can see much more of his amazing work.

On his website, Jeong quotes a phrase from Aristotle:“Aristotle once said: ‘A corpse is repulsive, but the painting of a corpse can be beautiful.’ And I say, ‘Purulent acne is repulsive, but the painting of a pimple can be beautiful.’” He believes it is this magic of paradoxical transformation that keeps him practicing in hyperrealistic portraits.

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Venus de Milo

Image credits: Joongwon Jeong

Venus de Milo is one of the oldest known statues that is currently on display at the Louvre Museum. It is believed that she is the representation of the Goddess Aphrodite. Although some claim that it is, in fact, the sea-goddess Amphitrite, venerated on Milos.

Homer

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Homer or the “teacher of Greece” was the one to create one of the most important foundations of the West’s intellectual development. He became the “father of western literature” – resource to the great tragedians, the model for Vergil when he was commissioned by Augustus to create The Aeneid, the inspiration for the earliest science fiction, old Irish folklore, Dante, Shakespeare, James Joyce.

Giuliano de’ Medici

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Giuliano de’ Medici was a co-ruler of Florence together with his brother Lorenzo the Magnificent. He complemented his brother’s image as the “patron of the arts” with his own image as the Handsome, sporting the name of “golden boy.”

Costanza Bonarelli

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Costanza Bonarelli’s bust is a work of the Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, made between 1636 and 1638. The portrait was made of marble (72 cm high) and is preserved in the Bargello Museum in Florence.
Costanza Piccolomini Bonarelli was actually the wife of Matteo Bonarelli, a sculptor who worked as Bernini’s assistant in 1636.

The Death of Seneca

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The Roman philosopher Seneca was accused of taking part in a conspiracy against Nero and was ordered to commit suicide. Seneca accepted the sentence and his wife chose to die with him.

Michelangelo’s Adam

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A fresco painting by Italian artist, Michelangelo, painted in 1508-1512, The Creation of Adam forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. Chronologically the fourth in the series of panels, it depicts a creation story from Genesis where God gives life to Adam.

Michelangelo’s God

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Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is the most famous part of the Sistine Chapel.

Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent Willem Van Gogh was a Dutch painter considered one of the most influential artists of our times, although his recognition came only after his death. While alive, he sold only one painting – “The Red Vineyard”. Van Gogh never imagined his fame. He was the son of Theodorus Van Gogh and Cornelia, a woman with artistic tendencies. He had four younger brothers but it was with Theo, the second son, that Van Gogh established a strong relationship marked by letters exchanged between the two. With poor mental health and bouts of madness, he ended his life in July 1890 at the age of 37.

Sigmund Freud

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Sigmund Freud, born in 1856, became the founder of Psychoanalysis. He was the son of a merchant, Jacob Freud, and his much younger second wife, Amalia Nathanson – the mother’s image would later influence many of Freud’s studies. Some of his brothers from the first marriage were about twenty years older than him. At the age of four, Freud moved with his family to Vienna. He graduated from the University of Vienna where he first chose Philosophy, a field that would later illuminate his theoretical production, then decided on Medicine, specializing in Nervous Physiology.

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