I've recently come across these brilliant hand drawn pieces by a 21 year old South Korean artist, Minjae Lee a.k.a GrenoMJ.
What is so compelling about these images is the sheer vibrancy of the colour and pattern used. The implementation of intricate floral patterns, gives the work a sense of delicacy and femininity.
I originally thought these were digitally created using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, but I was very happy to hear that they were created by hand, using a mixture of oil based markers, fine-liners and other mixed media. The Video below shows the process of adding colour and line-work.
The whole process takes roughly 80-100 hours with a lot of time being taken up by the intricate detailing of the floral patterns. There is a sense of confidence and ability that far surpasses his age of 21 years, indicating that this is somebody with natural ability.
Canvasses can be purchased on the artist's official website for $700 (£446) and if you have a spare bit of cash after the festive celebrations, I would seriously consider an investment. I am sure that somebody with this amount of talent being so young, will see their work become highly sort after and make a tidy profit for purchasers now. The link to Minaje Lee's website is: http://www.grenomj.com/
The overwhelming feeling these pieces evoke is one of angst and deep emotional tension that is building up and up to the point to where we see now. This boiling pot brimming over with bursts of tones, joyful patterns and irregularity. This crescendo of elements is then tainted with a sense of disorder and rebellion. The spilled coffee like marks and paint splatters shows a sense of imperfection to these so called 'perfect' feminine subjects. Simply a wonderful collection that keeps getting better and better.