Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin -The Beauty of Nature

Image credit: Ilsoo Kyung McLaurin

With references to the tradition of landscape painting that captures the beauty of the land and trees, Ilsoo Kyung McLaurin’s art pieces have a surrounding landscape that serves as a backdrop to her daily life within her adopted homeland of Canada.  However, through her works, she also illustrates the darker side of the landscape.  Through confronting the troubling aspects of environmental pollution that threatens nature, Kyung’s art challenges the ways in which habitants should intervene on the land they live on, while still allowing for the appreciation of facing these societal challenges together.

Born in Korea, Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin emigrated to Canada in 1967. She started painting early in 1997, and continued after retiring from her nursing career in 2002, and continuing on to studying and graduating from the University of British Columbia’s Fine Art Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory.  Many of her art works are part of private collections in Korea, Australia, the United States and Canada. She is member of South Delta Artists’Guild,and Delta Arts Council.

Ilsoo is a multi-media artist. She involved in numerous solo, group exhibitions, her work involve personal identity and expression, as well as themes within the context of Korea, and Canada.  In recent work she addressing the question of cultural identity and in the process, a new synthesis is emerging in her own individual practice of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, video, photography, digital imagery, performing art and installation works.  Ilsoo’s works are ground in the natural world, but looks beyond the scenic to search for symbols and meaning in all that she encounters; her style is representational, with special attention to colour, texture and form.  Ilsoo’s work has been featured in a number of articles, including: Senior Living Magazine, the Delta Optimist, and the Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver.

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