Artday spring auction presents reflections on Korean nature

By Lee Woo-young
  • Published : Feb 26, 2013 - 20:17
  • Updated : Feb 26, 2013 - 20:17
“Seogwipo” by Lee Wal-jong. (Artday)
Artday, a sister company of The Korea Herald, will hold a spring auction that presents a variety of contemporary art by Korean artists.

It features about 130 paintings by established artists, including Chon Kyung-ja, Lee Dae-won, Kim Jong-hak, Oh Yoon, Oh Chi-gyun, and Kim Jeom-seon.

Online bidding is possible at the Artday website (www.artday.co.kr) or through the “Artday” mobile application, which provides real-time information on auction status.

The highlight of the exhibition is Lee Dae-won’s 1984 painting, “Farm.”

The painting, representative of early modernism in 1950s Korea, illustrates a fruit tree and the surrounding landscape in bright colors. Lee sought to portray his own reflection of Korean nature throughout his artistic career, using vivid colors and unique brushwork. The starting price is 28 million won ($26,000).

Lee Wal-jong’s “Seogwipo” portrays a scene of Jeju Island featuring a tangerine tree and flowers, as well as animals, people at home and in a car. The starting price has been set at 12 million won.

Oh Chi-gyun’s “Inside of Apartment” also attracts attention with a gloomy portrayal of an old apartment. The artist, also known for his unique expression of Korean nature, presents a negative attitude toward the world he saw in 1988.

A drawing by modern female painter Chon Kyung-ja also captures attention. The artist, mainly known for unique motifs such as flowers, women and snakes, presents her free-spirited side through the drawing she worked on while traveling around the world.

The “Pumpkin Flower” by Kim Jong-hak creates a strong color contrast between the bright yellow flower in the center and dark green pumpkins and leaves set in the background. The artist also has presented numerous landscape paintings that illustrate the interplay between Korean traditions and Western influence.

Those interested can view the works at the exhibition, which runs from Feb. 27-March 5 at Gallery DOS in Palpan-dong, Jongno, Seoul. The auction closes one item per minute starting at 5 p.m. on March 5.

For more information, call (02) 3210-2255.

By Lee Woo-young  (wylee@heraldcorp.com)