Kim Whanki 1913~1974
"Belonging to the first generation of Korean Abstract artists,
he mixed oriental concepts and ideas with abstraction, refining and
moderating formative expression based on Korean Lyricism, creating
his characteristic art world by using diverse hues and patterns."
Kim Tschang-yeul 1929~
Known for his iconic images of drops of water, Kim is a part of first generation of modern artists in South Korea. He started out as part of the Art Informel Movement in South Korea, and lived most of his adult life in Paris, where he built his own unique style of painting.
“The Waterdrop is the starting point for a singular and
iconic body of work, which stands at the confluence of
lyrical abstraction, Pop Art and Chinese calligraphy.
This simple and limpid œuvre subtly fuses Taoist wisdom,
modern conceptual irony and the tragedy of war.”
Park Seo-Bo 1931~
Park is one of major figures in the Korean Monochrome (Dansaekwha). Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel were the dominant foreign influence in Post-War Korean Art, which was also deeply reflected by the Korean ink-painting tradition and Buddhist philosophy. He said that the repetitive gestures and monochromatic environments of these works are a way of emptying the painting the self, and achieving a unity with the nothingness in nature.
“Even though my paintings may represent an idea about culture, the main focus is based on nature,
I want to reduce the idea and emotion in my work to express only that.
I want to reduce and reduce—to create pure emptiness.”