Art Pharmacy Prescriptions: Take Two/Haejin Yoo

Art Pharmacy is proud to announce our second Art Pharmacy Prescriptions artist: Haejin Yoo

Haejin is the latest artist to assist Art Pharmacy in the manufacture (read: create) of your much-needed art prescriptions. Sign up and we’ll send you your quarterly dosage of artworks! The treatments we prescribe for the well-being of our patients are continuously changing and always interesting. For instance, one quarter you may receive an oil painting, the next; a hand-crafted vase. Interested? Sign up here

About Haejin

An emerging Sydney based artist, Haejin uses bold line and vibrant colour to expressively create artworks inspired by the people closest to her. She has a background in science and a passion to continually learn, create, and experiment with her artworks.

Her artworks profoundly reflect on life experiences and the people that have shaped her life. She often uses flowers and animals to personify these relationships and meticulously embeds symbols within her work. Haejin enjoys exploring the meaning behind symbols such as flowers as a way to express characteristics and emotions.

Always on the lookout for new materials to work with, Haejin likes to mix and contrast styles and techniques. 'My mediums are water colour paints, water colour pencils, colour pencils, markers, pens, acrylics and some miscellaneous materials such as alcohol, cheese cloths, salts. I like experimenting with mediums and explore their effects. I love the contrast between sharp edges of markers and free flow of water colours.'

This month, our patients will receive a beautiful silver leaf print; one for whose experimental techniques have created a window into nature. 

Drawing on her work in labs, Haejin utilises her original technique, which involves the mixing of acrylic and watercolour for the dreamy visuals that her colours evoke. The work is reminiscent of the romantic awe-inspiring landscape tradition, but in a wistfully abstract light. 

“The silver leaf is to suggest the faraway snow-capped alps as one stands in the low-lying wildflower fields,” says Haejin, “Overall the work is meant to conjure up the feeling of physically being there in the moment”. 

Haejin is currently working on an illustrated children’s book with her partner, where she plans on bringing this new technique to the book medium; “there’s something about it very reminiscent of children’s books”, she says of the print. 

How should you display your work? “For framing I’ve left a wide margin so you can have a variety of size frames. However, if you’re not sure, I’d recommend an A3 floating frame,” says Haejin, “I’d definitely also recommend glass as it helps preserve the watercolour paper”.

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How To Start A Collection

Starting an art collection is a daunting experience. Isn't art collecting expensive? How do you know which art is good? Where do you start?

Art Pharmacy Prescriptions is here to make you forget those questions and think about building an art collection in a new and exciting way. Working with a different artist each quarter, a unique artwork will be created exclusively for subscribers and delivered straight to your door! Collecting art has never been easier.

Art Pharmacy Prescriptions founder and director, Emilya Colliver, knows the best ways to build an art collection you can be proud of. 

As she says, "it's important to purchase with your heart". Collecting art doesn't need to be expensive, nor should it be all about money. Buy the pieces that you love, and that you'd like to live with every day. Whether you choose to spend a little bit of money on art every now and again, or save up to buy a big piece, the motivator should be the same: you love the art.

Just as art collecting doesn't necessarily need to be expensive, it also shouldn't be something that you put off until you're older and wiser, with more of a disposable income. Starting early, in your twenties, and supporting local and emerging artists is the best way to get your collection going. Who knows, those artists might just be The Next Big Thing!

Another key thing Emilya suggests is making sure you take care of your art. Big, or small, building an art collection, "it's still an investment", as she says, so it's important to take care of the works themselves. Keep paper works away from direct sunlight, clean sculptures, note the works you have and get them insured. It's these little things that will help your art collection grow and thrive in years to come.

Those questions you had? Scrap them! Art collecting doesn't need to be expensive if you build it little by little, buying a piece each quarter or even once a year. Art is highly subjective so build a collection that you love and it can't help but be a 'good' art collection. Get a Prescription - for yourself or for a friend - and you'll soon have an art collection of your very own.

So, go on, sign up to be an Art Pharmacy Prescriptions subscriber and see for yourself how easy and exciting building an art collection can be! This prescription service is a unique, affordable and thrilling way to collect the very best and newest in contemporary art. Connect with emerging artists while also signing yourself up for a sophisticated 'lucky dip' - while you'll find out the artist, you won't know what the artwork is until it arrives on your doorstep!

Happy collecting art lovers!