The Art of the Daily Commute July 24th, 2012

Everyday millions of cars are headed somewhere – work, school, shopping or simply going home. Many of us often don’t take our cars beyond these everyday destinations that we’ve become accustomed to over time. Our daily commutes can occasionally become dull and monotonous, which can cause us to overlook some of the details and beauty that can be found in our day-to-day travels.

Young-Geun Jun, an oil painter and university professor from South Korea, sees his 3 hour daily commute from the eastern seaboard city of Gangneung to the capital city of Seoul (239 km / 150 miles) as a journey of discovery. His daily commute offers an opportunity to soak in his surroundings and reflect the scenery of his everyday drives through art.

Kia was moved by Young-Geun’s passion to show the hidden beauty of the daily commute, and wanted to share his passion with the people of Seoul, who as members of the eighth most populated city on earth, know a thing or two about commutes. This past April we commissioned Young Geun to paint and exhibit some Kia inspired pieces at a Seoul subway station to brighten its hectic and dreary atmosphere while inspiring others to find beauty in the road often traveled.

Yong Geun’s motivation for this project was to instill the desire to get up and go somewhere by painting natural scenes found on his cross-country commutes.

Below are his oil paintings that were exhibited from April 23-27 in a Kia display booth at the Express Bus Terminal Metro Station in Seoul, which is one of the city’s busiest transit hubs.

Four Seasons

The four paintings above show several Kias traveling across the four seasons: a Ray parked for a spring picnic in the park; an Optima on a summer seaside trip; a fall college visit in two Picantos; and a winter ski trip with the Sportage. Seasonal flowers, wave breaks, golden Gingko leaves, and snow covered hills are all depicted beautifully to create a picturesque backdrop for the Kia vehicles.

Does this scene stir a sensation to get up and escape?

About the Artist

  • Young-Geun Jun
  • Resides in Wonju, South Korea
  • Graduated from Gangneung-Wonju National University, and completed his graduate at Sungshin Women’s University
  • He has won numerous art competitions and has been featured in 10 solo exhibitions and participated in over 70 group exibitions.

We hope these paintings have sparked some inspiration to look at your next commute differently.

What’s the best part of your daily commute?

Tell us about something in your daily commute that you would like to see transformed into art. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.