Artist Guno Park Draws Giant Skeleton Being Taken Over By Plant Life
Brooklyn-based artist Guno Park uses pencils and ballpoint pens as his medium to navigate the world of imaginative sketching. Popularly known as a prodigious line-maker, this South Korean artist meticulously renders his pieces using cross-hatched lines to create illusions of forms, depth, and motions. His new piece is a skeleton drawing titled ‘Nature of Things’ which highlights the deep connection between life and death. The artwork features a human skeleton with vines and flowers winding around its spinal column and rib cage. By incorporating the human remains with thriving vegetation, his art contrasts death with new life to represent the power of nature.
Although he is very much fascinated with human skulls as his subject, Park isn’t actually inclined towards dark art or Gothic art. As a matter of fact, his portfolio is mostly made up of lively subjects such as animals, city life, natural landscapes, and urban people. He began drawing human skulls a few months into the pandemic as a constant reminder of how close death can be. His new skeleton drawing invokes the tradition of memento mori to remind us through paintings that we shall embrace death one day. Only this time, he does it in a really, really big way.
Artist Creates Giant Skeleton Drawing Using A Pencil
His skeleton drawing stands at a striking 85 inches x 51.5 inches. Despite its massive size, the artwork invites the viewers to look closely at the mesmerizing details and incredible shading rendered in pen hatch marks. And as the viewers look at the whole piece from a distance, they get to engage in a visual experience of crossing over the line between a simple sketch and an elegant work of art.
“Putting the skeleton together with vine, leaves, and flowers represents for me the power of nature and its inevitability of continuum. I find comfort in nature,” the artist says.