Topic: People and Communities
Park Soo Keun is one of the most outstanding modern Korean artists of all. When asked upon this artist said he dedicated his life to express "goodness and truthfulness of man" by taking the life of marginalized and nameless commoners. A true nature of every day objects arises from his works with the aid provided by the use of simple-plain shapes and lines. The feel of being Korean, the beauty within and the sense of their national spirit revalued thru means of texture like tough granite are lifted to another level thanks to his works. Christened by specialists as the most indigenous Korean painter in the 20th century, he indeed achieved to set a before and after in the world of Art. Park Soo Keun was born in Jeong-lim-ri, Yanggu-myeon, Yanggu-gun in 1914. Yanggu is the place where Soo Keun Park’s passion and dreams were born. It is a place where every trace done by him is contained, and Yanggu has not only the clean and unpolluted nature but also numerous good-hearted people. According to his biographers after seeing Millet's the Angelus', he became more interested in painting. He is said to have prayed to god everyday to help him to be a great painter like Millet After seeing Millet's the Angelus', he became more interested in painting. He is said to have prayed to god everyday to help him to be a great painter like Millet. When he was only 18 years old he won a prize at Chosun Art Exhibition with a watercolor titled Spring comes. In 1936 he wins his second prize at the 15th Sunjun art competition with the watercolor Working woman. In 1937 he wins his third prize at the 16th Sunjun with Spring, which is about girls picking herbs By 1945 when he’s 45 years old he quits the job at the province office and goes back to Kumsung. He begins to teach painting at Kumsung Middle School. His tight relationship with the Korean Communist government resulted in him moving to South Korea. In 1958 USAFK library held the Exhibition of Park Soo Keun's paintings. At the same time he submits paintings to the Korea Modern Art Exhibition in Manila. Although he had become a big name in art community and was at his height as an artist, he was poor like the objects in the paintings. However by 1965 he was in a very bad state of health. He died at home at one o'clock in the morning on May 6. His last words were "I thought heaven was near but it wasn't. It wasn't" He was buried in Dongshin churchyard in Kyunggi Province. Park's last painting, Boy, was exhibited at the 14th National Art Competition under the permission of Mrs. Park. After his death there were tons of world wide shows. Seventy-nine paintings of Park Soo Keun were exhibited at the posthumous exhibition of him at the National Information Center. An exhibition of Park Soo Keun's small paintings was held at Hyundai Gallery. Two hundreds of watercolors and pencil sketches and twenty oil paintings were exhibited. By 1974 an exhibition of Park Soo Keun's wood paintings were held at Bakrok Gallery. And in 1975 Moonhyun Gallery hosted an exhibition to remember the10th anniversary of Park Soo Keun's death and published a catalog of his paintings. In 1978 the Munhwa Gallery hosted an exhibition of Park Soo Keun's posthumous works and published an illustration book of his paintings. One of his favorite subject matters, a woman with a baby on her back, was engraved on the stone magnified by 15 times. Recent auctions have shown how much has Park Soo-keun s paintings are being worldly appreciated. Nosang (On the Road) was auctioned off at 520 million won (about US$500,000) on Jan.26 by Sotheby’s, setting a record as the artist's most expensive work sold in Korea. Painted in 1962, this piece fully represents the artist’s style and sensitivity to his subject despite its simple composition. Another of Park’s works, A Sitting Woman and a Jar, was sold for 14.6 billion won (US$12.3 million) at Christie's New York auction in March of last year, breaking another previous record.
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