Rare Dancing Chickens Painting by the Famous Mad Monk Jung Kwang Sunim
Please refer to our stock # 1415 when inquiring.
Dancing Chickens Painting by the Famous Korean Monk from Jeju Island, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim aka the Mad Monk (1935-2002). This is an unusual theme for Jung Kwang. Chickens are revered in Korea. They are a very important icon in traditional Korean folk art and in Korean tradition in general. The claws mean strength. The rooster’s comb symbolizes intelligence; traditional officials’ hats are based on the comb. Because it was believed that the rooster's morning cry drove away the night's evil spirits, it was an important talisman. It was also believed that the rooster is a messenger between Heaven and Earth. Any trip to Seoul must include a visit to the Museum of Chicken Art. This is a great example of the expressive brushwork for which this artist 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. Frame: 37 x 20.5 inches (94 x 52 cm), Painting: 27.5 x 14 (70 x 35.5 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.