An Exhibit by the Mukrim Brush Painting Club
The new year begins with an opportunity for new perspective. Over the past nine years, the Mukrim Brush Painting Club has gone through periods of growth and change. The skill and technique of the artists have evolved and matured. Relationships and bonds have been made, and members have come and gone.
Each experience, and each piece of artwork, is like a page in an album of memories. People often say that only the early bird can see the blooming of the Rose of Sharon, and it is with this same spirit that the Mukrim group presents its fourth membership exhibition, “Pages of Memories.”
To examine a painting, one might see some slight imperfection, or lack of technique – however, each piece was inspired by a specific moment or detail of life. Take a step back, and each painting is a unique memory for the artist and a reflection of a vibrant life. In this exhibition, the artists venture into new subject material such as self portraits and landscapes.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is “The Rose of Sharon,” the national flower of South Korea. Each of the thirty-two artists applied their brush to this piece, and it is a work of friendship and a common bond.
We welcome you to join us in viewing these pages of memories and help us make new ones.
The Mukrim Brush Painting Club was founded in July 2008. It initially began with 11 members, and started with the simple idea of building friendship among artists. The group quickly expanded to include members of many different backgrounds and varying skill levels. The bond between the members is a love of art and learning about Asian brush painting. At present, the group consists of 32 members with ages ranging between 40 and 80 years. The origin of “Mukrim” literally means “ink forest,” and refers to the type of ink that is used in traditional Asian brush painting. In traditional brush painting, there is the concept of “one-touch,” in that each brush stroke is a defined movement or expression that is not repeated. Each brush stroke carries with it meaning and significance, at the same time there is a respect for the empty space next to it. From these traditional concepts, the group has expanded its scope to embrace modern techniques and styles as well. The focus is not just on one particular style of painting, rather the scope is broad and encompasses both traditional and contemporary brush painting.
The class is held once a week on Wednesdays in Fullerton, California. Members are active participants in open competitions and exhibits. Between 2014 and 2017, they have participated in over ten different competitions. In January 2017, Mukrim will be hosting its third membership exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery at Muzeo in Anaheim, California entitled “Pages of Memories.” The members of Mukrim are a very close knit family, and spend time and effort to introduce Asian brush painting to the community. Members participate in art festivals, workshops at senior citizen centers, and offer church classes.
As a group, the Mukrim Brush Painting Club is characterized by a sincere enthusiasm for art. The hope is to continue to show to the community what art means and why it is needed – to help tell a story, share a bond, and communicate with each other.
Chung, Sue Kyung
Moon, Kwi Ok
Oh, Young Soon
Cho, hyun Suk
Kim, Boon Yon
Kim, Keum Hee
Park, Yang Ja
Choi, Sook Hee
Yoo, Ae Chun
Choi, Young Ae
Lee, Duk Kyung
Lee, Eun Hwa
Chong, Seung Yeon
Lim, Jin Sook