Park Seo-Bo exhibition at White Cube, Mason’s Yard – 15 January to 12 March 2016

ParkSeo-Bo Exhibition at White Cube 2016

Ecriture – Pencil and Oil on Canvas

Park Seo-Bo

‘Born in 1931 in Yecheon, Gyeongbuk, Park Seo-Bo was part of a generation that was deeply affected by the Korean War (1950–53) which divided the country into North and South. After experimenting with Western abstraction, particularly the style of ‘Art Informel’ with which he became familiar during his time in Paris in 1961, Park began to explore a more introspective methodology that had its origins in Taoist and Buddhist philosophy and also in the Korean tradition of calligraphy. This focus was shared by his contemporaries including Chung Sang-Hwa, Ha Chong-Hyun, Chung Chang-Sup, KIM Whanki and together they loosely formed what has been termed the ‘Korean Monochrome Movement’ (Dansaekhwa).

Also known as ‘Myǒbop’ in Korean, which translates as ‘law of drawing’ or the ‘way of drawing’, in Park’s ‘Ecriture’ paintings, he eliminates any form of gesture, focusing instead on a sense of dynamic continuity through repeated pencil lines incised into the painting’s monochrome surface. Executed in a single sitting, before the paint has time to dry, the works reflect a sense of immediacy and totality; time, space and material underpin all of his work’. (White Cube).


Beautiful paintings/drawings that despite the evidence of the ‘busy’ action of production are resoundingly peaceful.  They echo the paintings of Agnes Martin and Yayoi Kusama’s Net paintings in their quetness.


parkSeo-Bo_WhiteCube 2016

Ecriture – Pencil and Oil on Canvas


ParkSeo-Bo_WhiteCube 2016_detail

Ecriture – Pencil and Oil on Canvas (detail)



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