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LEE Woosung

Lee’s works are the portrait of the people of today’s society, and begins from paying attention to ordinary events. In his recent works, Lee paints his subjects on large fabric banners. Though banners have been widely used as propaganda in the past, Lee paints his personal acquaintances in their ordinary routines, such as having a cup of coffee or waiting for a bus. The realistic yet symbolic vocabularies, and the idea of ‘painting that folds and unfolds’ creates the artist’s unique oeuvre.

Lee Woosung was born in Seoul, 1983. He received his BFA in Painting from Hongik University and MFA in Fine Arts from Korea National University of Arts. Following his first exhibition in 2008, he has held many exhibitions in Korea’s major art museums such as Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul), Gyeongnam Art Museum (Changwon, Korea), etc. He also worked on multiple projects in major alternative spaces such as Common Center (Seoul), Art Space Pool (Seoul), Amado Art Space/Lab (Seoul), etc. He participated in exhibitions abroad, such as DOOSAN Gallery New York (New York), and Wexford Art Center (Wexford, Ireland). Although he has held many exhibitions in various institutions, My Dear is Lee’s first solo exhibition in a gallery. 

Biography

1983 Born in Seoul

2009 BFA Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University

2012 MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Art, Korea National University of Arts

Lives and works in Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

2021 But Some Day, One Day, Soon, Doosan Gallery, Seoul

2017 My Dear, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

Quizás, Quizás, Quizás, Amado Art Space/Lab, Seoul

2015 Pulling from the Front, Pushing from Behind, Art Space Pool, Seoul

2013 Returning, Entering, Descending, Devouring, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul

2012 The Top We Built Up, Seoul Art Space Seogyo, Seoul; Seoul Art Space 

Hongeun, Seoul

Bul Bul Bul, Gallery175, Seoul

 

Projects

2022 Revolution: Throw, Angelism, Seoul

2021  Well with Anything: Owl in Long Long Night x Outhouse, Youtube; Instagram 

                Live; Outhouse, Seoul

2020  Project: Ghidam – Incheon Seo-gu Public Art Project, Cosmo40; 

                Janggogae-ro area, Incheon, Korea

    Scattered Fragments in the Memory of Their Respective Positions, Seoul 

                Museum of Art (Nam-Seoul), Seoul

Owl in Long Long Night: Drawing Class, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan 

YouTube

Strange Spring, Live Audio-Visual Performance Ep. 1, Instagram Live; Multi 

Use Room, Seoul

2019 Sailing a Paddle Boat, 5 Percent, Seoul

Draw a Slanted Night (Workshop), Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul

Artist’s Lunch Box, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

2018 Life is Like a Game, Ilmin Museum Mural Project, Seoul

2017 Kiss Kiss, Hello! Artist Seoullo 7017, Seoul

2016 Outdoor Painting Project, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand

2011 14th Seoul Fringe Festival: Sabujak Sabujak – Two Moving Winters, 

Placemak, Seoul

 

Residencies

2017 Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju, Korea

2016 The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand

2015 SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul

2014 Cow House Studio, Enniscorthy, Ireland

2013 MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang, Korea

2012 SFAC Seoul Art Space Hongeun, Seoul

2009 Space Beam International Artist-in-Residence Program, Incheon, Korea

 

Awards

2013 OCI Young Creatives, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul

 

Public Collections

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

Cheongju Museum of Art, Cheongju, Korea

MMCA Government Art Bank, Gwacheon, Korea

MMCA Art Bank, Gwacheon, Korea

OCI Museum of Art, Seoul

Platform-L Contemporary Art Center, Seoul

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Skins, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

An Exhibition with Little Information, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, 

                Busan, Korea

Real DMZ Project – Checkpoint. Border Views from Korea, Kunstmuseum 

                Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

Unboxing Project: Today, New Spring Project, Seoul

The Painters En Plein Air, A-Lounge, Seoul

Real DMZ Project – Negotiating Borders, Sydney, Korean Cultural Centre 

                Australia, Sydney, Australia

2021  SeMA Collection: Captured Time, Yeoksam 1 Culture Center, Seoul

    Ogamdo: 5 Scenes of Korean Art, Aural Gallery, Madrid (Online Exhibition)

    Bony, Museumhead, Seoul

    Binge-Watching; 14284, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

    The Society of Individuals, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Busan, 

                Korea

    Painting as Performativity, This Is Not a Church, Seoul

    38˚C, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

2020 1st Jinan International Biennial: Harmo-power, Shandong Art Museum, Jinan, 

                China

Art Plant Asia 2020: Hare Way Object, Deoksugung Palace, Seoul

Never Ever Artistic, Sloppy Museum, Seoul Museum of Art (Nam-Seoul), 

                Seoul

Follow, Flow, Feed, Arko Art Center, Seoul

Ogamdo: 5 Scenes of Korean Art [Curated by A-Lounge, Seoul, Collaborated 

                with Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (Online Exhibition)

Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Kyobo Art Space, Seoul

Azaleas Bloom and Fall, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju, Korea

Us Against You, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

New Normal, Old House, Seoul

    Ring: A Circle and a Square, Korean Cultural Center, Hong Kong

2019 There Might Be More Light, Seoullo Media Canvas, Seoul

Kahn Parade 2019 – Kahn Show: The Natural Variety, Post Territory 

                Ujeongguk, Seoul

The 7th Man #4 “Buchimgae Party”, Space mm, Seoul

Apprenticeship of Artist, SAM Museum of Art, Seoul National University of 

                Education, Seoul

The Adventures of Korean Contemporary Painting: I Will Go Away All by 

                Myself, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Cheongju, Korea

The House Where Art Lives, Songzhuang Contemporary Art Archive, Beijing; 

                Korean Cultural Center Gallery MI, Tokyo; Fei Art Museum, Yokohama, Japan

Ring: A Circle and a Square, Insa Art Space, Seoul

One Shiny Day, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea; National Gallery of 

                Modern Art, New Delhi

Preview, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

Moving & Migration, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; 

                Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

New Spaces – New Korean Art since 2010, Genron Chaos*Lounge Gotanda 

                Atelier, Tokyo

Multi-Access 4913, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

The Sea Will Not Sink, Ansan Arts Center, Ansan, Korea; Space Illi, Seoul

Immortality in the Cloud, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul

Pool Rising, Art Space Pool, Seoul

2018 Still Alive, Cheongju Museum of Art, Cheongju, Korea

12th Gwangju Biennale – Imagined Borders, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, 

                Korea

21st Bucheon International Comics Festival – Comics, and Beyond, Korea 

                Manhwa Museum, Bucheon, Korea

Pleasantly Bluntly (Commentary), Boan1942, Seoul

The Show Must Go On, Doosan Gallery, Seoul

Us, Coexisting, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation Lobby Gallery, Suwon, Korea

CJAS Bridge Project, Space Sieon, Jeonju, Korea

October, Gangneung Museum of Art, Gangneung, Korea

Kahn Parade 2018 – Biting Kahns, Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul

2017 The Scrap, Wangsan-ro 9-gil 24, Seoul

October, Arko Art Center, Seoul

Urban Ritornello – The Archives on Community, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul

Don’t Dream of It, There is No Other World: Consolation from Labour and Art 

                in an Overworked Society, Alternative Artspace Ipo, Seoul

Stars of Stars, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea

Pool Rising, Art Space Pool, Seoul

The Red Brick House, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul

Undefined Boundaries, Heritage Space, Hanoi

Painting / Daily Document, Soshoroom, Seoul

2016 Seoul Focus: No Longer Objects, Seoul Museum of Art (Buk-Seoul), Seoul

The Moon, Round Like a Little Plate, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea

Twin Peaks, Hite Collection, Seoul

Close Relation: Art Wanting to Be Close to the Public, and the Public Wanting 

                to Become Art, Sangsangmadang, Seoul

Chaser; They Seriously Loved, Boan1942, Seoul

Narration, Space bm, Seoul

Body Matters_Art as Discourse, Performativity, Representation, Seoul 

                Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul

Floating, Concrete, Doosan Gallery, New York

Nanji 9th Review: Experiment & Expression, Seoul Museum of Art 

                (Buk-Seoul), Seoul

2015 Ferment, Sempio Space, Icheon, Korea

Ruins, Korean Cultural Center, Shanghai

Goods, Sejong Center, Seoul

Festival 284, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul

Give Way, Wexford Art Centre, Wexford, Ireland

Nanji Art Show IV: Cyanosis, SeMA Nanji Exhibition Hall, Seoul

Nanji Art Show II: Nightseeing, SeMA Nanji Exhibition Hall, Seoul

A Form of Self, Dongduk Art Gallery, Seoul

Pool Rising, Art Space Pool, Seoul

Sixth Sense, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul

2014 Once Is Not Enough, Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul

Catego-Rising, Gallery 175, Seoul

Today’s Salon, Common Center, Seoul

Byul-Byul-Dong-Haeng (同行), OCI Museum of Art, Seoul; Gwangyang 

Culture and Art Center, Gwangyang, Korea; Pohang Art Center, Pohang, 

Korea; Yeongju Culture & Art Center, Yeongju, Korea; Gunsan Arts Center, 

Gunsan, Korea

Bonup: Art as Livelihood, Doosan Gallery, Seoul

2013 Love Impossible, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul

Drawn to Drawing, Gallery Kaze, Osaka, Japan; Gallery Nakai, Kyoto, Japan

Fluxus Forecast, MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang, Korea

Incidents, MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang, Korea

Near Future, Far Comfort, Gallery White Block, Paju, Korea

A Wise Answer to an Absurd Question (愚問賢答), KunstDoc Gallery, Seoul

2012  A Cabinet in the Washing Machine, Seodaemun-gu Recycling Center, Seoul; 

                Pangyo Eco-Center, Pangyo, Korea

2011 Sai Sai Project, Telephathic Power & Itaewon Area, Seoul

Young & Upcoming, Kunsthalle Gwangju, Gwangju, Korea

2010  The Orbit of Painting, Korea National University of Arts, Seoul

    Rare Flash, KEPCO Art Center, Seoul

2009 Public Studio_IV: Sarangbang Guests and Baedari, Space Beam, 

Incheon, Korea

2008 AB, Television 12, Seoul 

Artworks
Rocking Stone

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

50 x 65 cm

Splash Splash

2017

Acrylic gouache on fabric

210 x 210 cm

Four of Us Gathered by Chance, and We Had Drinks

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on fabric

210 x 210 cm

To Knock this Tree Down - Crack Crack Boom

2017

Acrylic gouache, water-based paint, gesso on fabric

210 x 210 cm

While Having a Cup of Coffee with Yoonjung

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on fabric

210 x 210 cm

Tonight, Many Decisions Will be Made

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on fabric

210 x 210 cm

Yeojin, Please Light Up the Flashlight on Your Phone

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on fabric

210 x 210 cm

Jaehoon, Waiting for a Bus in Sinchon

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on fabric

210 x 210 cm

Teacher's Hand, Wrinkles on His Jacket, and Empty Glasses

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on fabric

210 x 105 cm

Floating Lights on the Street

2016

Water-based paint, gesso on fabric

300 x 543 cm (x2)

People Sitting on Top of a Red Brick Wall

2014

Acrylic gouache, water-based paint on fabric

345 x 300 cm (x4)

Sejin, Painted Twice Repeatedly

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on fabric

210 x 210 cm

My Dear

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

50 x 65 cm

My Dear

2017

Acrylic gouache on canvas

40.9 x 31.8 cm

My Dear

2017

Acrylic gouache on canvas

24.2 x 33.4 cm

I Came a Long Way to See You; Let's Share and Eat Here

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

50 x 65 cm (x3)

Always on My Mind

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

65 x 50 cm

Sunset

2017

Acrylic gouache on canvas

31.8 x 40.9 cm

Burning Charcoal on Your Head

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

31.5 x 41 cm

I’m Waiting for…

2017

Acrylic gouache on canvas

40.9 x 31.8 cm

Where Were You That Day?

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

31.5 x 41 cm

Miracle of the Han River

2015

Gouache on canvas board

37.9 x 45.5 cm

Returning, Entering, Descending, Devouring

2013

Acrylic gouache on canvas

50 x 65.1 cm (x10)

Midsummer

2015

Gouache on canvas

91 x 91 cm

The End

2013

Acrylic gouache on canvas

130.3 x 193.9 cm

Daecheong Dam

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

65 x 50 cm (x3)

My Dear

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

41 x 31.5 cm

Sleeping Man

2012

Acrylic gouache on canvas

181.1 x 227.3 cm

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