"Revelation of Korean Imagery" Korean ink and colored painting

Friday, February 18 - Friday, March 18, 2005

Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Center New York
(460 Park Ave. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022)

The Korean Cultural Service New York is pleased to present the exhibition "Revelation of Korean Imagery." Beautiful and profound contemporary Korean ink and colored paintings by established artists from S. Korea will show the orig inality of Korea's traditional painting methodology, and also Korea's modern artistic approaches. 

Korean ink and colored painting has developed its own style, which is different from those of Chinese and Japanese painting. The contemporary works in this exhibition exist in a harmony between tradition and modernity. Subdued and soft colors, placid space, tender yet sometimes strong brushstrokes proffer a hint of the typical characteristics of Korean paintings. Korean painting is not a genre categorized by materials or techniques. Rather, it is an expression of the Korean people's spirituality with ink, Korean paper, and brushes. Korean paintings intimate the depth of relation between artists and the object that they describe with tender colors and potent compositions, avoiding the gaudy and the decorative. 

While each artist in the exhibition has been influenced by the Korean artistic tradition, the diverse subjects and approaches of each artist will be plain to visitors. The works?subjects range from landscape paintings, to modern portraiture, to abstraction. However, the diversity is unified by shared Korean sentiment and use of Korean painting techniques. 

The artists are leading representatives of the field of Korean painting. They are Young-Kyu Cha, Hwan Cho, Byung-Kuk Choi, Sung-Hoon Choi, Jin-Man Han, Poong-Ryul Han, Jong-Hae Jeong, Bo-Hie Kim, In-Ja Kim, Jin-Kwan Kim, Shik Kim, Chan-Gyu Koh, Hee-Yeon Kwon, Jong-Mok Lee, Man-Su Lee, Se-Jeoung Lee, Sook-Ja Lee, Sung-Hyun Lee, Sun-Woo Lee, Tae-Gyu Lim, Dae-Hong Min, Ki-Whan Na, Man-Gyu Park, Soon-Chul Park, Ha-Soon Shin, Hyun-Dae Shin, and Chul-Ju Suk. 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 18, from 6-8 pm. Please contact curator Jin Yong Chung for further information at (212) 759-9550 or nyarts@koreanculture.org. Images and artist CVs are available. Further information is also available at the Korean Cultural Service New York website, located at www.koreanculture.org. The gallery will be closed on February 21 and March 1. 

Miro Yoon