By
Alejandra Chacón de Azúa

The prevalence of color over form. Images with shallow, poorly defined traces, bright colours. New York-based Korean artist Helen Eunhwa Oh’s latest project draws inspiration on the mundane realities of her everyday life.

Her brightly-coloured illustrations and her bizarre portraits show a totally unusual style

She has lived in a multitude of countries, but she is mostly inspired by two specific ones: Laos and Thailand. Her brightly-coloured illustrations and her bizarre portraits show a totally unusual style. As she says in It’s Nice That: “In the heart of New York City, there’s an abundance of people from different countries with their own diverse culture. I observe many interesting people who wear exotic dresses, or have unique features such as creative hairstyles which offers plenty of ideas and inspiration.”

However, what really draws attention are the characters, who reveal a host of emotions and feelings and who make us wonder who they are. Helen Eunhwa Oh says they are not based on anyone special, but on “mix of objects that I have seen”, a fact that makes them even more bizarre. If you liked it, check out her work here!