Inspired By Old Mini-Market Buildings, Korean Artists Spent 20 Years To Paint Traditional Stores

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Inspired By Old Mini-Market Buildings, Korean Artists Spent 20 Years To Paint Traditional Stores

The detailed sketches and beautiful colors make the original objects might look amazing. Lee is eager to re-create a unique Korean atmosphere that has changed a lot because it follows the times

Every artist can get inspiration from anywhere to make their artworks. The same is true for this South Korean artist. Starting from a walk around the corner of the city, she saw a long-standing Korean mini-market. From there she was inspired to make her artworks.

Me Kyeoung Lee is an artist who managed to see the beauty of everyday objects. She tried to capture the beauty of the small grocery stores in Korea. Lee has started drawing small shops in Korea for more than 20 years. She told that there were not many toys or things that could be seen by children. In the past, when Lee was a child Lee would feel very happy if she had money and could go to the store to buy something or just meet with friends in front of the grocery store.

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These shops are usually only passed by people casually. However, in Lee's hands, these shops were transformed into very neat works of art. The detailed sketches and beautiful colors make the original objects might look amazing. Lee is eager to re-create a unique Korean atmosphere that has changed a lot because it follows the times. Like the brownish-red roof that is the hallmark of this old shop, as well as the food written on the window with a red pen. She also poured it in the painting she drew.

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Using the acrylic layer and ink method, making the colors produced in his paintings so solid and not too thick, thus creating images that look natural and so harmonious with each other. She was also pleased with the drawers that were piled in the shops and gardens outside. Each store has its own uniqueness that is not found in other stores.

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In South Korea, it is estimated that there are still around 33,000 traditional grocery stores that are still open.

Lee also added a few details to make it look like the original building shape. She added accents in the form of items such as old chairs, fruit and vegetable baskets, cans, pot plants, and bicycles so that people who enjoyed his work could feel the nostalgic atmosphere she felt.

Do not forget because in Korea consists of 4 seasons. Lee also added the atmosphere through the trees in her artworks. Like spring which is described by the color of cherry blossom and winter with snow stuck to the branches of trees. Although some mini-markets that she visited will be closed because new buildings will be built. Lee hopes that with these artworks, the old mini market will be remembered by the Korean community. Beautiful and very touching huh, the painting!

The detailed sketches and beautiful colors make the original objects might look amazing.

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