Incredibly Beautiful Wood and Nail "Paintings"

We were really intrigued by Korean artist Jae-Hyo Lee's rock sculptures last month and find ourselves drawn to his nature-inspired works yet again. This time, instead of multi-sized stones, Lee works with wood and nails. Rather than traditionally hammering a nail on its head to embed it into a block of wood, the artist reconfigures the slender bolts to “paint” his abstract and landscape wall fixtures.

Lee flattens, bends, and reshapes each of the metallic fasteners to serve as his coarse brushstrokes. The artist creates incredibly beautiful and delicate-seeming patterns, despite using the arduous technique of constructing and composing each tiny and sturdy squiggle. His ability to translate shape and form through his chosen medium and its monochromatic scheme is a testament to Lee's raw talent and artistic diligence.

In addition to his wood and nail “paintings,” the artist is also skilled in applying the same technique to three-dimensional sculptures. Lee produces an aesthetically intriguing maze made of restructured nails that coat each of his wooden sculptural pieces.

Jae-Hyo Lee website
via [My Eclectic Depiction of Life]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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