Artist Me Kyeoung Lee travels all over South Korea to paint different convenience stores

Peach blossom store, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Artist Me Kyeoung Lee has just released a new series of paintings, documenting convenience stores in different parts of South Korea.

Although the country was on lockdown for most of 2020 so far, she was able to work from drawings she'd already made during her travels prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. "Luckily enough, I was able to continue painting, despite having to stay home," she tells Creative Boom.

Using mainly pen and acrylic paint on paper, her delicate artworks pick out the different details of each store. With products often spilling out onto pavements, varying signage, and bicycles leaning against their walls, these little shops are part of everyday life and we get to see them during winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

The series, A Small Store, is to go on show at an upcoming solo exhibition. The paintings are also presented in a new book, out this month. Visit leemekyeoung.com for more information.

Jeongdeun store, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Jeongdeun store, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Jeoungdaun store, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Jeoungdaun store, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Spring at Toji, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Spring at Toji, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Shingur store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Shingur store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Chaboo store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Chaboo store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Bookwangn store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Bookwangn store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Store at Haman, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Store at Haman, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Busan store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Busan store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Ongeum store, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Ongeum store, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Heemang store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Heemang store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Hasong store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Hasong store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Winter at Toji, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Winter at Toji, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Sugine store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Sugine store, 2019 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Summer at Toji, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee

Summer at Toji, 2020 © Me Kyeoung Lee