R1-Brush (Editioned Print) , 2018
Print, 84 x 84 cm
About the artwork
Escalating the figurative into photo-realistic representation, Lee Jung Woong astounds with his ability to capture detail and speak through silent strokes. Employing a distinctly Oriental practice of focus on foreground and space, the artist transforms his canvas of Korean paper into a linear element of art itself, effacing its role as a medium and presenting it as a balanced component of the painting as a whole. In this image, the artist captures ink, brush and paper as subjects, not composing elements, effectively contrasting traditional representation and blurring the lines of the canonical concealment of painting processes. The thick stroke that serves as a border is acknowledgment from the artist of his unconventional subject - the brush and humble tool - as the unabashed protagonist of his work.
About the artist
Born in Korea in 1963, Lee Jung Woong is the masterful creator of the internationally acclaimed 'Brush' series of paintings. Bold, profound and breathtakingly dramatic - Lee Jung Woong’s intricate works command lucidity in spite of the abstract, and empower the objects of his depiction with hyper-realistic life. Having attained his Masters in Fine Arts from Keimyung University, Korea, Lee’s works have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including America, Switzerland, Singapore and Spain and are part of prestigious auctions at Sotheby's and Christies.