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Born a minister’s son in 1977 in Seoul Korea, Young Chun remembers as a child, living in a small attachment to a hillside church for a brief time. The weekdays spent running around with imaginary friends in the dim empty chapel has fueled his imagination, contributing to his artistic growth. The “chapel” has become a permanent fixture in his creative mind – where he constructs, develops, and stores works in progress, before they ever meet a sketchpad.
In 2000, Young received his B.F.A, from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena California. After several years of painting without clear direction, he stumbled into the opposite end of the spectrum – into the healthcare field – to search for “substance” and “something deeper in life”. The years spent working in hospitals in the LA area, faced with life and death situations; has expanded his outlook in life, adding to his artistic vision.
Young describes the work by saying, “My art is a fabrication of reality – the way I see it in my mind. Music, culture, childhood memories, and the people in the environment that surrounds me influence it. When I pass by strangers or a situation taking place, my mind begins to create stories about them – imagining their lives, the triumphs, the tragedies, and the happiness or sadness they experience – which becomes the inspiration for my artwork. But, there is truth in my art. It comes from the way I am feeling at the time I am constructing a painting, and it is the feeling I am trying to convey.”