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Painting (MA)

Jessica Woo Jung Ghil

" I paint silence.  By painting layers and layers of fading colours with embracing aesthetics, it is a meditation and an attempt to achieve an internal calmness ㅡ in silence. "

Jessica Woo Jung Ghil (b. Seoul, 1992) lives and works in London. 

She started her BA at Camberwell College of Art and graduated from Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts '20, and is currently pursuing an MA in Painting at The Royal College of Art, London '23.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesPainting (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

Portrait of female painter in the art studio.

Jeongjeok (정적) is a state of internal tranquility— a rejection or absence of external sounds and the embrace of a silence that resonates from within our souls. In my paintings, I portray what I believe is the ideal state of mind, one that does not waver despite the ever-changing nature of the external world. 

Growing up in different countries, I was exposed to a variety of cultural values, each with its own unique customs and beliefs. At the heart of this cultural tapestry, I sought to uncover my own subjectivity— to untangle the threads of influence and discover what truly resonates with my core values. Without this process of self-discovery, the world was too daunting, its voices too loud, and its expectations too overbearing. I longed for a state of tranquility— jeongjeok— where I can focus on the things that mattered to me most.

Aesthetics of my works are often inspired by the mountains and water. I am captivated by the unwavering allure of nature’s calm and the enduring spirit that lies within. Mountains witness the changing of the four seasons, yet remain resolute and everlasting, while water unyieldingly and modestly flows down its destined course. In nature, I found an internal and innate silence— this timeless aesthetic of jeongjeok.

Blending meticulous layers of oil paint, applying texture, and adding color have all become a meditative process—an intimate dialogue between my art and myself. Sinuous lines serve as focal points that reflect the delicate balance and discipline required to maintain the silence I strive to reach. My works are a window into the realm of jeongjeok— a sanctuary where time slows down, where the external distractions fade, and where my soul rests.

silent tranquil soft warm fading pastel pinkish colour abstract meditative painting.
Savouring silence 002정적의초상 I 静寂之像 I Portrait of Silence (oil on canvas, 140 x 175 cm, 2022)
silent tranquil soft warm fading pastel blueish colour, meditative, cloudy foggy painting. Like a portal to another world.
Savouring Silence 008정적의초상 I 静寂之像 I Portrait of Silence (oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, 2022)
meditative painting with oval shape in calm aesthetics with gold leaf.
Savouring silence 011Mute I 무음화 I 封声寂兮 (oil on linen, 150 x 100 cm, 2023)
round, calm fading coloured painting on wood.
Savouring Silence 003정적의초상 I 静寂之像 I Portrait of Silence (oil and carvings on wood, 31.8 x 40.9 cm, 2021)
pastel tone painting with fine gold line of oval.
80 years정적의초상 I 静寂之像 I Portrait of Silence (oil on wood, 31.8 x 40.9 cm, 2021)
round golden circle with thin lines.
Savouring Silence 007정적의초상 I 静寂之像 I Portrait of Silence (oil on wood, 31.8 x 40.9 cm, 2021)
triptych wood paintings
Triptych정적의초상 I 静寂之像 I Portrait of Silence (oil on wood, 30 x 10 cm, 2021)
green calm abstract painting.
Savouring silence 010자화상 I 自畵像 I Self-portrait (oil and gold leaf on linen, diptych, 150 x 200 cm, 2023)
pale greenish painting with gold arch and red vertical line in the middle.
Savouring silence 013자화상 I 自畵像 I Self-portrait (oil, gold leaf and carvings on wood, 30 x 60 cm, 2023)
artist in the studio
red and warm coloured painting with round shape coated with glossy resin.
Feel at its core자화상 I 自畵像 I Self-portrait (oil and resin on canvas, 80 x 100 cm, 2022)
abstract painting
07 March - 22 May 2023, RCA Painting Building, London, UKRecent work added to the early series: 소음소화 I 噪音消化 I Digesting Noise (oil on linen, 2023)