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Dim.: 73 x 70 cm (the frame)
Dim.: 70 x 66,5 cm (the work excl. frame)
- Generally in good condition. Minor superficial wear as visible. Two holes through the back, not touching the work. The backing probably original.
Provenance: A Belgian private collection. With a label on the back reading 'Hope of Christians'.
Suh Se-ok (Korean: 서세옥, hanja: 徐世鈺, 1929- ) is a South Korean painter.
He was born in Daegu, Korea. Following his graduation from the College of Arts of the Seoul National University, he became an artist pursuing a modernistic and independent formative world by a wonderful illustration of the strengths of the colourless pale Indian ink and the empty and marginal spaces of oriental ink-and-wash paint in the lyrical abstract realm of the oriental paintings. An accomplished calligraphist, Suh began incorporating calligraphy techniques into his paintings in the 1950s.
His representative works include Seolhwayijang and People handling the sun, etc. The figurative or abstract human forms in his paintings are made up of his characteristic brushstrokes of varying thickness, tones and lengths, painted in ink on rice and mulberry paper.
He received a wide range of art awards in Korea and participated in numerous overseas exhibitions including such as the 7th São Paulo Biennale in 1963, the Exhibition of Korean Arts in Malaysia in 1966, The 1st Modern Painting Biennale in Italy in 1969, the Exhibition of Korean Arts in France in 1967 and the 1st Cannes Painting Festival in 1969. He also participated in the regular general assembly of the IAA held in Tokyo, Japan in 1966 as the representative of Korea and travelled widely throughout the arts circle of North America and Europe.
Meanwhile, his son, Do-ho Suh is also a representative modern artist of South Korea and is currently active on the world stage with permanent residence in New York City.