“Portrait of the King”
Michael Jackson and his music have been culturally prominent throughout the world for four decades.
Dong-hyun, who is known for his unique and unconventional art, has
devoted an entire exhibition to the man he calls the “king of pop, rock
and soul” in his latest exhibition, which is fittingly titled “Portrait
of the King.”
The 28-year-old artist, who is trained in traditional Korean painting, uses painting methods on hanji, Korean paper
often made out of mulberry, to create various images of Michael Jackson
ranging from his Jackson 5 days to more current images.
“The public loved Michael Jackson right from the start of his career because he has such a beautiful singing voice,” Son said.
The paintings contain portrait-styled images of Jackson in various sitting positions. Upon closer inspection, you can notice the change in the chair that Jackson is sitting on. “The
artist has chosen the year 1989 as the turning point in Jackson’s
career,” said Han Seung-hee, a member of staff at Gallery 2. “Portraits of his earlier years show Jackson sitting on Joseon Dynasty era chairs for kings in waiting,” Han added. The post-1989 portraits have Jackson sitting on red thrones with gold trim used by Joseon-era kings.
The significance of the year 1989 derives from an Artist of the Decade awards ceremony. The film star Elizabeth Taylor announced at the ceremony that the winner, Michael Jackson, was the “King of Pop, Rock and Soul.”