Lee Kwang-Ho, Untitled 6901, 2013, oil on canvas, 8' 6" × 16'.

Lee Kwang-Ho

Kukje Gallery

Lee Kwang-Ho, Untitled 6901, 2013, oil on canvas, 8' 6" × 16'.

“Picturing Landscape,” Lee Kwang-Ho’s exhibition of eighteen new paintings, revealed his attempt to depict the Gotjawal Forest of Jeju Island, 280 miles south of Seoul in the southernmost part of Korea. Gotjawal literally means “bush forest” in local dialect, and the region is known to host a mixed vegetation system (with both tropical and polar flora—for instance, palms and evergreens) and abounds in vines and shrubs that cover trees and rocks and overflow onto the ground. Lee’s challenge in painting the Gotjawal was that—in contrast to his previous subjects, people and cacti—the forest, a confusion of foliage and vines, presented no substantial bodies to render. The artist realized he needed to create a sense of depth and space without having any discrete objects with which to evoke volume, surface, and chiaroscuro, as in his past work.

Each image has been painted

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