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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #936670 (stock #0420)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
New Life Woodblock Print on Traditional Hanji Paper by Hong Sung Dam in 1982 (29 x 20 inches, 74 x 51 cm, including margins). Hong Sung Dam is a woodblock print artist who was a leader of the minjung, the peoples' political movement that arose from the ashes of the Gwangju Massacre where the Korean government slaughtered hundreds (some witnesses say thousands) of their own citizens in the streets in response to demonstrations in Gwangju. He was arrested in 1989, and suffered brutal torture in prison. He was released in 1992 after a three-year-long campaign by Amnesty International. After the subsequent democratization of Korea, Hong was commissioned by the government in 1996 to create the large (120 feet) Minjung Mural in Gwangju. Early minjung art is much sought after, and Hong Sung Dam is one of the most revered and acclaimed minjung artists. He donated much of his early work, so opportunities to buy are very infrequent (practically non-existent, actually). So we are very pleased to offer this rare collection of woodblock prints on traditional hanji paper by Hong Sung Dam that were created before his imprisonment, hidden from authorities by his friends, and donated to Amnesty International after their successful effort to get him released from prison. Own a piece of history and a beautiful work of art from a man who grew up in poverty (on the island of Haui) and illness (severe tuberculosis as a youth) to become an inspiring artist who gave his life to his art and his people.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1279994 (stock #1183)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Poem and Painting of Roses by Chang Woo Sung aka Woljeon 1912-2005. There is a beautiful museum in Icheon, Korea dedicated to the art of Chang Woo Sung, the Woljeon Museum. This wonderful work of art is masterfully executed in the boneless technique of painting without outlines. This is a fine example of Woljeon's distinctive style and ability to make flora feel alive. You can actually feel the roses blooming and reaching out to you. Chang was an important, influential painter who modernized traditional Korean art, using brief yet powerful strokes and fresh, light colors. To our knowledge, this is the only example of Woljeon's painting that has been offered for sale in the United States, so this is a rare opportunity to own a great painting by one of the most revered masters of Korean painting. Watercolor on paper. Frame: 30.5 x 27 inches, 77.5 x 68.5 cm; Painting: 21 x 17.5 inches, 53.25 x 44.5 cm. A painting in the same style and size by Chang Soo Sung was estimated at $4000 - $6000 in the Christie's April 27, 1993, Sale of Korean Works of Art. The 5th photo here is of the Christie's painting, and the 6th photo is the description from the Christie's catalogue.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368014 (stock #1316)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Painting of Monkey Reaching for the Moon's Reflection in the Water by Renowned Korean Buddhist Monk and Painter Su An Sunim (born 1940), from the ancient Buddhist parable of the monkey reaching for the moon's reflection in the water. The recent exhibition of Su An Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Su An Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. Ink and colors on paper. 52.5 x 13 inches, 133 x 33 cm. The third photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $2000 for a similar painting. That painting is much smaller than the Su An painting we are offering here.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1392001 (stock #1367)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Rare Two-sided Carved Image and Calligraphy on Fine Light Zelkova Wood by Lee Nam Ho (1908-2001), one of Korea's most beloved 20th Century artists. The calligraphy translates to "The Way of Zen". The exotic zelkova wood itself is a work of art, with its luxurious grain and vigorous form. Lee Nam Ho has shaped the wood into a striking work of art adorned with strong and expressive calligraphy strokes on one side, and a stunning image of a man in traditional attire and the mythical divine Girin beast. A contemplative and rich work of art. You will not find another like it. 24 x 18 inches, 61 x 45.5 cm. Ready-to-hang with an iron hook and ring already installed on the top. This will display nicely and make a beautiful statement in the home or office.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1392208 (stock #1370)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
The Bird Who Devours the Sun by Kim Ki Chang aka Unbo (1913 - 2001). Despite being deaf, Unbo was one of Korea's most beloved 20th Century artists. His works are now sought by museums and collectors internationally. In this original signed lithograph, Unbo gives us an explosive depiction of a mighty bird in action. It is a fine example of energy in art. It is in its original rustic frame. Frame: 25.5 x 22 inches, 65 x 56 cm; Image: 19.5 x 13.75 inches, 50 x 35 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1393335 (stock #1380)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Pair of Cranes Painting and Poem by Korean Buddhist Monk Su An Sunim (born 1940). The crane is a an ancient symbol of longevity and immortality. Because cranes were believed to stay with one mate for their lifetime, it is also a symbol of faithful love. When the crane is paired like this, the meanings of immortality and fidelity combine to mean eternal love. The flying-white brushwork and ink washes here display Su An Sunim's mastery of zen art at its best. The recent exhibition of Su An Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Su An Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. Ink and colors on paper. 27 x 14 inches, 69 x 35 cm. The second photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $2000 for a similar painting. That painting is smaller than the Su An painting we are offering here.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1393608 (stock #1382)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Standing Dharma by Korea's Renowned Buddhist Monk Painter Seok Jeong Sunim (1928-2012). This is an excellent example of why Seok Jeong is widely regarded as Korea's master of Zen Buddhist art. Dharma's body and robe is rendered in just four powerful and inspired brushstrokes. The calligraphy here is also masterful. Ink on paper. Mounted on a beautiful silk scroll. Silk Mount: 77.5 x 18 inches, 197 x 45.5 cm; Painting: 50 x 13 inches, 127 x 33 cm. The recent exhibition of Seok Jeong Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Seok Jeong Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. The fourth photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $3500 for a similar Dharma painting. That painting is half the size of the Seok Jeong painting we are offering here.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1393644 (stock #1383)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Two-Panel Screen by Korea's Renowned Buddhist Monk Painter Seok Jeong Sunim (1928-2012). This is an excellent example of why Seok Jeong is widely regarded as Korea's master of Zen Buddhist art. Portrayed here are the studious and the diligent young people. One is cleaning and the other is studying. This work of art is meant to teach by example. The calligraphy here is also masterful. Ink on paper. Mounted on a silk two-panel screen that can either stand on the floor or mount on the wall. The mounting shows some age, but the paintings are in very good condition. 55 x 55 inches, 140 x 140 cm. The recent exhibition of Seok Jeong Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Seok Jeong Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. The third photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $3500 for a similar painting. That painting is a fraction of the size of the Seok Jeong painting we are offering here.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1396557 (stock #1399)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Rare Work of Munjado Calligraphy by Kim Ki Chang aka Unbo (1913 - 2001). Despite being deaf, Unbo was one of Korea's most beloved 20th Century artists. His works are now sought by museums and collectors internationally. In this original signed offset print, Unbo gives us a dynamic rendering of the ancient style of figurative munjado calligraphy. The bird leaping out of the center character adds powerful life to the piece. 25.5 x 19.5 inches, 65 x 50 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1401410 (stock #1407)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Korean Village Life, a Beautiful Oil Painting by Won Hyeok Pak, 1966, original frame. It comes with a 1966 letter to one of his patrons, where he explains his artistic ideas. He includes a photo of this painting with the letter, and a photo of a portrait he created of the patron, and photos of some of his other paintings. A rare and gorgeous piece of mid-20th Century Korean art and history. It captures a way of life and type of dress at a time that it was at its very end. Frame: 20 x 16 inches, 51 x 41 cm; 15 x 11, 38 x 28 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1413576 (stock #1433)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
19th Century Korean Bird and Flower Painting (Hwajodo) with a lovely pair of birds symbolizing love, and peonies with their abundant blooming symbolizing prosperity. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 28.5 x 22.5 inches, 72.5 x 57 cm; Painting: 21 x 15 inches, 53.5 x 38 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1428522 (stock #1438)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Large Artist's Proof of Munjado Calligraphy by the Famous Kim Ki Chang aka Unbo (1913 - 2001). Despite being deaf, Unbo was one of Korea's most beloved 20th Century artists. His works are now sought by museums and collectors internationally. This is the original signed AP (Artist's Proof) of this large lithograph, where Unbo gives us a most creative rendering with anthropomorphic figures in the ancient style of figurative munjado calligraphy. 38.5 x 28.5 inches, 98 x 72.5 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1392000 (stock #1366)
Korean Art and Antiques
$650.00
Rare Carved and Painted Calligraphy on Fine Dark Zelkova Wood by Lee Nam Ho (1908-2001), one of Korea's most beloved 20th Century artists. The calligraphy translates to "May your happiness flow like a river." The exotic zelkova wood itself is a work of art, with its luxurious grain and vigorous form. Lee Nam Ho has shaped the wood into a striking work of art adorned with strong and expressive calligraphy strokes. A deep and rich work of art. One-of-a-kind. 19 x 19 inches, 48 x 48 cm. Ready-to-hang with hooks and rope already installed on the back. This will display beautifully and make a powerful statement in the home or office.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Chaekgeori, paintings depicting books and scholar's items, are abundant with symbols of diligence, motivation, good fortune and virtue. Chaekgeori are uniquely Korean, despite the fact that many of the items depicted in a Chaekgeori are Chinese. The Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar had much respect for Chinese art and learning, but expressed that admiration in a uniquely Korean manner through Chaekgeori. We see items here that indicate refined comfort, but more important than the sense of gentility that is conveyed, is the ideal of self-improvement to which everyone could aspire: rich or poor, young or old. Though the items depicted were not readily available to the poor, the Chaekgeori could inspire them nonetheless. Adults enjoyed them, but they would also be placed in children's rooms to teach them the value and beauty of culture and learning. French artists as early as the 1880's saw ideas in this genre that they imported into their own art. Frame: 29 x 16.75 inches, 73.5 x 42.5 cm; Painting: 23.75 x 11.5 inches, 60.5 x 29 cm. Mineral pigments on old hand-woven silk.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1198725 (stock #1049)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Large and Powerful Waterfall Painting by Korean Artist Kim Kyung Soo aka Zi Jae. For centuries in Korea, a rendering of a mountain and river (called Sansu in Korean) has always been more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven and Earth are represented by the mountain and river, respectively. Frame: 60.5 x 33.5 inches, 153.5 x 85 cm; Painting: 51 x 25.5 inches, 130 x 65 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1394733 (stock #1385)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Zen Child Painting by the Famous Korean Monk from Jeju Island, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim aka the Mad Monk (1935-2002). This is a great example of the expressive brushwork for which he is famous. A google search of Jung Kwang Mad Monk will reveal the fascinating life of this character, and you'll find this movie about him (http://www.piff.org/eng/html/archive/arc_search_view.asp?idx=1314&target=search&c_idx=18&m_entry_year=2002) and this exhibition at the Seoul Art Center (http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20110807000244) and this book (http://www.amazon.com/The-Mad-Monk-Paintings-Lancaster-Miller/dp/0895810174) and more. He and his work have been featured on CNN, PBS, NHK, and other major broadcasters. He was a famous monk, artist, poet, and actor. His unique paintings are instantly recognizable by their zen approach to form and color. Please look closely at this painting to get a sense of the spiritual quality of the artist's brushwork. Ink and color on paper. Dimensions: 18 x 13 inches, 45.75 x 33 cm. The buyer of this fine painting will receive a PDF file compilation of Jung Kwang Sunim's poems, and a bio. You'll laugh and cry when you read "Zen Poems 1". The recent exhibition of Jung Kwang Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Jung Kwang Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. The second photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $2500 for a similar painting slightly smaller than the painting we are offering here.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1254622 (stock #1131)
Korean Art and Antiques
$300.00
Ode to Autumn, fan painting by one of Korea's most famous contemporary artists who worked in the traditional style, Lee Nam Ho aka Geum Chu (1908-2001), beautifully framed and newly silk mounted. The sparrow sings to the beautiful flower of autumn, the camellia, an ancient symbol of faithfulness in Korea. The bamboo on the right is a symbol of resilience and integrity. When faced with a strong wind, the bamboo bends but does not break, just as the person with determination and principle, even when pressed down, doesn't give up and resumes their upright posture. The rock is a symbol of eternity, so when it is with the bamboo and camellia, it is a poetic representation of eternal adherence to principle and undying faithfulness. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 34.75 x 19 inches (88.25 x 48.25 cm), Painting: 22.5 x 11.5 inches (57 x 29 cm).
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Asia : Pre 1990 item #1392203 (stock #1369)
Korean Art and Antiques
$300.00
Gorgeous Sunrise on the Wharf Painting by Korean Artist Lee Hwang (born 1944) in the original beautiful frame from 1984. Oil on canvas. This inspiring painting is rendered with an inventive palette in bold, colorful brush strokes. Frame: 24.75 x 19.25 inches, 63 x 49 cm; Painting: 20 x 15.5 inches, 51 x 39.5 cm.