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Oh Se-Yeol: The Layers of Memory 

OH Se-Yeol 

 

Hakgojae Shanghai presents Oh Se-Yeol's first solo exhibition in Mainland China from August 27th to October 23rd, 2016.

Backgrounds of Oh's works are monochromatic, filled with one color, or sometimes split into two. They are extremely monotonous, and yet covered with symbols- such as numbers, lines and figures- of abundant implications. The painter has his unique way of creation. First, he creates the background by completely draining the oils from the paint before painting. Then, lines and numbers are presented on canvas or wooden panel with layers of pigment by collage and scratch. His paintings, as if bearing a strata accumulated over the ages, create illusionary atmosphere with a light tone. The matiere of artworks and figures on its surface may evoke people’s emotional experience and memory, and reveal the sentiment against the Western tradition of oil painting in Korean contemporary history. The Layers of Memory will show Oh's representative works from 1980s to the present. Through this exhibition, the audience will be able to encounter the familiar, intimate, and distinctive oeuvres of Oh Se-Yeol. 

Born in 1945, Korea, Oh Se-Yeol received Master Degree from College of Arts in Chung-Ang University. He held numerous solo exhibitions in Paris, London, Seoul, Taipei and Brussels. His artworks are collected by National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Daejeon Museum of Art, Samsung Museum of Art and Frederick Wiseman Collection.