March 19, 2014

ART: Minjae Lee aka Greno

Minjae Lee aka Greno
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- Professional Artist | Traditional Art – markers & ink
- Born Jan 11, 1989 in Jinhae, South Korea
- Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
The Dream
   Probably MJ's most famous work, I came across this on Deviant Art around 2009 & I was an instant fan. The level of intricate detail draws ur eye & holds ur gaze as U continue to examine the figure.

   I love the abstraction & accent of color in the hand capturing motion or another angle, giving a subtle 'shout out' back at Picasso & Cubism.
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Devon Aoki
This is one of MJ's more recent works & I wonder if Ms. Aoki has seen this & if so, what was her reaction.
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Commission
   We've heard countless lovers, poets & songwriters describe the feeling of being lost or absorbed by physical beauty. What MJ does so successfully is make this notion concrete via the painstaking & thoughtful detail laid upon these women's bodies. We are invited to look, look for a long time, & look closely.

   Lots more drawings below!

Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Girl #1
The whimsical shapes & patterns take the observer beyond the outward beauty of the face & skin hinting at the models' personality, emotions, past, aspirations, etc.
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Circulation
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Blue Lip
   In the Artist Profile of Hirata Yodom, I talked about the current trend of extreme distortion &/or mutilation of the female form in much of Asian art. (I believe the work of Sintaro Kago is one of the major influences on this trend.) 
   
   MJ contrasts this idea by enhancing the women (usually) in his portraits creating a more soulful & positive depiction of people.
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Janus
   His restrained yet playful use of color & pattern often contradict the serious expressions of the models offering a more hopeful experience than B&W drawing.
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
The Flow In Us
   I can envision Greno being commissioned by ad agencies & major brands to create these types of portraits for major celebrities because of the joyful humanistic engagement he instills in his art.
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Indian
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Hangover
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Dace II
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Kate
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
Mr. Na
What's ur fav piece by Greno (aka) Minjae Lee? & why?

Let me know down in the comments.
Korean artist Minjae Lee aka Greno reviewed by Yellowmenace
The Dream (detail)
Minjae Lee aka Greno
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