Recently, I visited the exhibition of artist, Dae Sung Park held at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. It is a great fortune to be able to see his paintings in person in the United States.
Charles B. Wang Center - Stony Brook University: Ink Reimagined features the works of Park Dae Sung
Artist Park Dae Sung, born in 1945, is currently considered the most active ink-and-wash painting artist in Korea. Artist Park, who taught himself how to draw from the age of five, is respected for his ability to perfectly use the styles of legendary Chinese and Korean ink painting masters from hundreds of years ago. His paintings are original and full of spirit.
Korean landscapes have been expressed dynamically on screen using a bird's-eye view and multiple perspectives, as if a bird were looking down from the sky. Rocks, waterfalls, and pine trees expressed with bold brushstrokes show extraordinary power.
He had no formal art education. Also, in 1949, when he was four years old, his father, who practiced oriental medicine in Cheongdo, Gyeongsangbuk-do, was designated as a ‘reactionary landowner’, and his parents were killed by a sickle wielded by partisans. At this time, his left arm was also cut off below the elbow.
He was an orphan, had a disability, and had no art education, but this environment did not stop his overflowing passion. Painter Daeseong Park has been building his own artistic world for over 50 years and conveying its depth and philosophy to the world. Below is the most impressive message he gave during the interview.
“That lack was my strength. There is nothing to take away when you look at things that were done without difficulty. Humans grow as they struggle to overcome it and overcome it. “That’s how my world was built.” by Dae Sung Park.
Personally, seeing an artist's painting in person is very different from seeing the image. It's the same as taking a picture of a beautiful landscape and looking at it later, the emotion becomes less impressive. Personally, when I looked at artist Park Dae-sung paintings up close, I was glad to feel his 50 years of worries, pain, patience, and professionalism. It was an exhibition that allowed us to see how he created his own world within the world and used that energy to heal the world.
His philosophy of painting is a compelling and emotionally resonant experience for those who appreciate the art and culture of the East. The fusion of traditional Korean painting with modern interpretation can offer a unique and powerful perspective on the region's rich artistic traditions.
Experiencing his exhibitions that bridge the past and the present, combining the traditional with the contemporary, can be a captivating way to gain insights into a place's cultural and artistic heritage. These exhibitions often showcase the enduring relevance and creative evolution of artistic traditions exhibition.
For anyone interested in exploring the emotions and cultural depth of Korea, I would recommend his exhibition. Artistic expression has a way of transcending boundaries and connecting people to the beauty and stories of different cultures.
Myungja Anna Koh