Ko’s class background enabled him to understand and gain knowledge about the nuances of the oil paintings. He had gone to Japan to learn about the newer western styles of painting. After his return, he found that this new technique was heavily criticized and not accepted in the Korean community. To avoid criticism he resumed painting in the conventional orthodox Korean painting. He had shifted his focus to developing art using primitivism ideologies without abandoning the ideologies that he had learnt in oil painting. He had decided to express all his artistic tools and form new representations. In this design he however used the oil painting techniques and interplays the lights and shadows in the depiction. This shows the adaptability and the conjecture of artists to be a part of the society. There was reflection of the ideologies and cultural influences that was seen in the works of Ko. Self-portraits of Ko have gained a lot of popularity. There was extensive analyses and investigations that has been done while analyzing the works of Ko. The self-portraits of the artists show a distinctive imbalance of the elements. The artist deliberately manoeuvred this notion. He had played with the depiction of elements and had used different forms of reflections. There are many hidden levels of meaning and connotations that has been observed in this work. Apart from this, there is a deliberate use of colors and depiction that simply expresses that the standard of measurement of art is found to vary.