Artist Statement*


Dojoong Jo

(South korea soil artist_Dojoong Jo, represented by agora gallery chelsea, NY)


I want to put the image of eternity in my heart and draw it on canvas. I have been using soil as a material since 1997, leading the earth painting genre in the world of art history. I had a desire to break away from the same art form. My discovery experience commenced by erasing my past experiences and knowledge. The soil is cozy and warm. It is comfortable and calm. This feeling cannot be felt with the color of paint. This initiated the possibility of discovering a new perspective for the essence of things. I started by rejecting the techniques I enjoyed in the past. When as a painter you are free from this burden, you can discover a fresh sense of nature and begin to see the depth and the clarity.



Colors that cannot be expressed with paints.

The struggle with the soil to get it

Even if I wrestle with the soil day and night like this, there is a color that is so rare that it disappears with a single brushstroke.

It was a process to find originality


​Beautiful paintings are great works. However, it is not a work of art or a cultural property.

I think a work of art, first, must have originality, and secondly, no one should be able to imitate it.

The beauty of nature is all contained in my work.

It is the most original work that no one can imitate, and it has the best fit for the era of pursuing pure art and returning to nature.



The artist says the message to return to nature through earthen painting.

The fierceness and purity of the painter's life. Constant passion for new things.

It is a work that gives many people new power.


When you first look at the painting, you can feel the purity and peace of the soil.

Shaped and then disassembled again.

If it is further decomposed and scattered into dust At some point they come together again in shape.


A work in which the creation of images occurs constantly.

Soils appear color only when light is shining on them.

When the light shines, a new birth of soil, Hidden in the picture...

Through another picture hidden in the picture

What is the message the painter is trying to say?

About the artist

Dojoong Jo, the artist of soil, has been working on painting for his life since he won the national exhibition in his first year in college (the youngest national exhibition winner in Korea at the time).

Since 1997, he has been the first in the world to use soil as a material, leading the earth painting genre in the world art history. 

1983.2.23  Graduate School of Painting, College of Arts,

Chung-Ang University Western Painting Major (Master of Fine Arts)


1982~88 Adjunct Professor, Department of Art Education, Chonbuk National University



1967 Selected at the 16th Korea Art Exhibition (National Exhibition)

1975 Selected at the 24th Korea Art Exhibition (National Exhibition)

1979 Selected at the 28th Korea Art Exhibition (National Exhibition)

1969 Conception Competition Special Selection

1971 Conception Exhibition Contest Special Selection

1975 Special Prize for Conception Competition

1972 Gusangjeon Contest Bronze

Exhibition and project experience

1985 Korean Artist Exhibition in France

2001 Soil Painting Solo Exhibition (Jeonju Minchon Art Center)

2003.05 Earth Painting Solo Exhibition (Lotte Gallery, Sogong-dong, Seoul)

2004 G) International Youth Federation IYF World Camp Invitational Exhibition (Jeju ICC Convention Center)

2012 Earth Life Exhibition (Insa Art Center, Insadong, Seoul)

2012.05 SBS JTV's Scent of Culture_ Appeared in a canvas with the vitality of the land

2012.07 SBS JTV Soil and Life (picture) aired

2012 IYF World Camp Invitational Exhibition (Busan BEXCO Auditorium)

2013 PARK's Gallery Invitation Exhibition

2013 Seven People's Painting Exhibition Jeonju Taejo Palace Tourist Hotel Opening Exhibition

2016 Jeonbuk Women's Education and Culture Center Land Life Exhibition

2016 Jeonbuk Art Modernity History Dictionary (Jeonbuk Museum of Art)

2017) International Youth Federation IYF World Camp Invitational Exhibition (Busan BEXCO Auditorium)

2020 Ministry of Culture and Tourism to exhibit'Art Changeup' sponsored by the Arts Council Korea



It is often heard that a work of art “moves” the mind, which is an accurate expression.


It is an immediate emotion that follows the reflection of the spectator's mental and unconscious.

If this emotion forms a certain idea, it is not already an emotion.

In this way, I see the action of direct judgment that makes you feel the “movement of the mind” as “empathy.

It can be said that empathy is when the viewer involuntarily projects himself or herself onto an external object.

The object can be a human, another living thing, or an inanimate object. In this process, the viewer becomes'identified' with the object and experiences the same nature as it is.


We fly with birds, we bend our bodies with trees in the wind, and glisten in the morning dew with little cute red raspberries. In a word, it is to enter the object and feel it together.

What is the main factor in the work that induces the movement of the mind through momentary and immediate empathy?

The work is in a suitable harmony by mixing pale ocher and brown with gray-white as the main color.

The division of the screen between lines and sides, and the mutual harmony of colors created by the colors on the back pulls a sense of stability and balance in the picture.


Green leaves give the picture an accent.

However, some of the raspberries in the center of the picture have a higher saturation, that is, the sharpness of the reddish hue than anything around them.

Among them, one strawberry located in the middle is particularly noticeable for its clarity.

Five pure white dots are stamped on this strawberry.

This decisively gives this fruit a brightening effect, while at the same time making the other fruit appear equivalent.

There is a dynamic tension between the red of the strawberry and the other colors on the back that are relatively unsaturated.


The bright red color in the center concentrates the power around you with a strong attraction.

The dynamism of “movement” is created, and this dynamism also works as a “power to move” the viewer's mind



The tension and dynamism of power rising from the soil of life

Byung-Tak Ho (poet, literary critic)