Korea Tomorrow 2017
Park Saeng-kwang’s artistic quest consumed most of his life. He came into his prime in the five years before his death in 1985 at the age of 80.
Park produced between 1981 and 1985 are now considered an artistic embodiment of the quintessential spirit of Korean history and tradition.
He evoked Korea’s historical moments as well as shamanism, Buddhism, traditional Korean women and folk customs, by using Korean traditional hues: black, red, blue, white and yellow.
The dominant reception of his paintings could be epitomized by a simple phrase: ‘reincarnation of the Korean color tradition,’”
It is clear that the “aestheticizing of Korean culture” in his work begins in 1981 with solitary images of the Buddha, painted with traditional stone color pigments, or seokchae in Korean.
Vivid and exuberant, the images were clearly influenced by Korean Buddhist and shaman paintings, which use Korean traditional hues, proportion and popular motifs called dancheong.
Born in 1904 Jinju, Korea
Kyoto Municipal School in Kyoto
(currently Kyoto College for Art)
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITION
2005 Retrospective, Jin-Ju MBC, Korea
2004 Retrospective, Gyeong-Nam Art Museum, Korea
Retrospective. Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, Korea
1986 Solo Exhibition Hoam Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1985 Le Salnon 85, Grand-Palais, Paris, France
1984 Solo Exhibition , Fine Art Hall, Seoul, Korea
1978 Solo Exhibition , Dong-Seo Gallery, Masan, Korea
1975 Solo Exhibition, Saikodoo, Tokyo, Japan
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2012 Korean Archetype, Daegu Art museum, Daegu, Korea