PARK Saengkwang

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.




PARK Saengkwang
Born in 1904 Jinju, Korea

Kyoto Municipal School in Kyoto  
(currently Kyoto College for Art)

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

2012    Korean Archetype, Daegu Art museum, Daegu, Korea


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