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KOREAN EYE 2020 Teaser

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Parallel Contemporary Art and The Global Eye Programme together with the State Hermitage Museum and Saatchi Gallery have formed a partnership to stage Korean Eye: 2020 in the Hermitage, in Saatchi and in Seoul in the Spring, Summer and Autumn of 2020. A Korean Eye 2020 teaser exhibition will be presented as a Project at START Art Fair.

Doowon (b. 1982) grew up in a home full of artists; his father was an Korean ink artist, his mother a fashion designer, and his aunt was a Western-style painter. His family background allowed him to accept and develop his own artistic style without distinction between Asian and Western practice. Instead of using traditional canvas, he paints on local fabrics found while traveling. Stones, discarded buttons, brooms, and unique antiques bought at local markets are also found in his works.

Kim Jae Il (b. 1969) is a sculptor who conciously avoids figuration, reflecting an attitude which began with artists who began producing works in the 1970s which reject the realism that had been prevalent in Korean art. His use of negative space also responds to what he sees as extrovert and unequivocal tendencies in contemporary art. 

Hun Kyu Kim studied painting at the Royal College of Art in London where he gained his MA. He paints on silk with traditional oriental pigments used for ancient East Asian religious paintings, creating modern images that represent the timeless core of human experience.

Lee Jeonglok is a Korean artist who uses photography to create and record his world. He makes mysterious and evocative images of strange and magical events. These happen in carefully chosen, personally significant landscapes, realised by a thorough mastery of photographic technique. The production of these pieces is a complex and painstaking process. These images are not made digitally, but by an ‘in camera’ technique. This means using long and multiple exposures, manipulating artificial light and deploying various props on site and in real time. The physicality and engagement of this process is important to the artist. He states that this effort allows him to reveal another, parallel world. 

Eemyun Kang obtained a BA degree from Slade School of Fine Art (2006), completed her Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art at The Royal Academy of Art in London (2009) and received Professional Doctorate in Fine Art (DFA) at the University of East London (2012). Her paintings depict her fascination with nature and the process of morphology, translating organic forms into lush abstraction, she creates
complex natural worlds marked by energetic and fluid brushstrokes. For Kang, the idea of Myth has been a tool that operates through the creative imagination. 

Doowon

Colouful beard owl, 2013 
Mixed media on Indian fabric khadi 

Doo Hwa Chung

Sound, 2019 
book on wood 

Kim Jae Il

Vestige (mass), 2017 
Acrylic on fiber glass resin, obsidian

Hayoung Kim

Sextuplets, 2014 
Acrylic on polyester canvas

Hun Kyu Kim 

Winner winner chicken dinner, 2018
Traditional oriental pigment on silk

Lee Jeonglok

Tree of Life in Island 5-4-1, 2013 
C-Type Print

Eemyun Kang

Milk and the flower, 2017 
Pigment and acrylic resin on canvas

Doowon

Black inked breeding horse, 2013 
Syringe, ink, mixed media on linen 

Kim Jae Il

Vestige (horizon), 2015 
Acrylic on fiber glass resin

Hayoung Kim

Floating souls,  2014 
Acrylic on polyester

Hun Kyu Kim 

Angelus, 2018
Traditional oriental pigment on silk

Lee Jeonglok

Tree of Life in Island 5-3-1, 2013 
C-Type Print 

Eemyun Kang

Breasts and the flower, 2017 
Pigment and acrylic resin on canvas

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