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Park Moo Seng, A Picturesque Glimpse of Minhwa 

 

 

Park’s great efforts over the years are on full display in the pieces exhibited here, from bookcase paintings to images of peony blossoms, tiger pelts, flowers and birds, and calligraphic characters. Each painstakingly crafted work is suffused with the artist’s positive life consciousness, where viewers can see popular folk painting themes given new life in pieces reminiscent of the artist’s own nature.

 
Park’s bookcase paintings are steeped in classical solemnity, stateliness, and order; her folding screens bearing peony images – symbols of riches and honor – emanate a vital energy through their lush petals, blossoming like clouds of resplendent color. Her tiger pelt paintings, each strand meticulously portrayed, give the illusion that one is looking at the real thing. Her flower and bird paintings fill the canvas with soft tones and suitably modulated dynamics, yet are rendered so skillfully that not a single part seems overbearing; in them, one can sense all the dignity and pictorial lyricism of traditional folk art.
 
The artist’s painstaking efforts extend to the mounting, where natural coloring has been found to best harmonize with the works themselves. Her superb painting skills, visible in the detail extended to the very last finishing of the work, offer evidence of just how extraordinary her artistic universe is. The workings of a deeply introspective mind can be seen in brushstrokes that imbue her paintings with all the different forms of folk art that she has studied in her many years as an unknown artist.
 
Yoon Yul-soo, Director, Gahoe Museum 'A Glorious Folk Painting Excursion'