Lee Bae : black & white zen compositions with charcoal
Untitled (Landscape) 1996,
Acrylic medium with charcoal, 111 x 81 cm
Exhibited at Galerie d'Huysser Brussels, 1996
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Lee Bae is an internationally acclaimed south korean artist born in 1956.
He is famous for his use of charcoal as primary material in his abstract zen compositions. He creates with perfect alchemy an essential equilibrium between charcoal’s profound black and the milky white color of resin and the successive layers of acrylic paint. His compositions are mental images repeated on canvas in a methodic way, bringing them to life and revealing the striking contrast between force and lightness. His abstract forms are self-sufficient without any anecdotal or narrative aspect. They demonstrate their real nature, offering to the paintings a source of energy, purity and spirituality.
Major exhibitions : Fondation Maeght 2018, Galerie Perrotin New York 2019, Wilmotte foundation Venice 2019, Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet Paris 2015, Daegu museum of art South Korea 2014, Gallery Hyundai Seoul 2014, Today Art museum Beijing 2009, National museum of contemporary art Seoul, 2000.