(1926 – 2013), South Korea

Kwon Young-Woo Biography

Kwon Young-Woo (권영우) was considered a pioneering figure in the development of Dansaekhwa (or the modern monochrome movement), a Korean painting tradition where artists work predominantly with paper. Born in Korea in 1926, Kwon graduated from Seoul National University’s first art school class in 1951 alongside his contemporaries Park No-Soo, Suh Se Ok, Chang Un-Sang, and Park Sae-Won. He died in 2013.

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Throughout his career, Kwon explored the textural abilities of his chosen medium by scratching, tearing, and layering sheets of hanji (traditional Korean mulberry paper) onto canvas and manipulating the material into three-dimensional relief sculptures which were then decorated with ink painting. Later in his career, Kwon removed any trace of representation and worked solely with white paper.

Kwon’s skill in altering a traditional material to reflect themes of Abstract Expressionism has led to him being recognised as one of Korea’s most groundbreaking artists. Recently, the artist’s works have been exposed to new audiences due to a resurgence in interest of the Dansaekhwa movement.

Kwon Young-Woo has been included in recent exhibitions such as From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2014); Dansaekhwa at Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2015); When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction at the Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2016); and Dansaekhwa and Minimalism at Blum & Poe, New York (2016).

In 2007, six years before his death in 2013, Kwon donated 70 of his most important works to the Seoul Museum of Art.

Kwon Young-Woo Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Kwon Young-Woo contemporary artwork painting
Kwon Young-Woo Untitled, c. 1980s Colour on Korean paper
93 x 74 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Kwon Young-Woo contemporary artwork painting
Kwon Young-Woo Untitled, c. 1980 Korean paper
121 x 94 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Kwon Young-Woo contemporary artwork painting
Kwon Young-Woo Untitled, c. 1980s Korean paper
80 x 67 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Kwon Young-Woo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Kwon Young-Woo Untitled, 1984 Gouache, Chinese ink on Korean paper
115 x 115 cm
Blum & Poe Contact Gallery
Untitled by Kwon Young-Woo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Kwon Young-Woo Untitled, 1980s Ink gouache on Korean paper mounted on canvas
116.5 x 89.5 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Untitled by Kwon Young-Woo contemporary artwork works on paper
Kwon Young-Woo Untitled, 1981 Korean paper
65.3 x 50.5 cm
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Blum & Poe
Untited by Kwon Young-Woo contemporary artwork works on paper
Kwon Young-Woo Untited, 1982 Korean paper
116.8 x 91.1 cm
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Blum & Poe
Untitled by Kwon Young-Woo contemporary artwork mixed media
Kwon Young-Woo Untitled, 1980 Korean paper on rag board mounted on panel
162.24 x 129.54 cm
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Blum & Poe

Kwon Young-Woo Recent Exhibitions

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Kwon Young-Woo Represented By

Blum & Poe contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Blum & Poe Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo
Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul

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