Ancient figures, masks oil painting with black wooden frame. Signed lower right corner K.
Nam and inscribed in Hangul. Backside/verso 980's gallery label Galerie Soleil. Good condition, just a couple of fabulous photos should say it all.
Awesome colorful painting; texture and details are very unique. Turquoise green, mint color background with ancient figures is very relaxing. He graduated from the Taiheiyo Art School and later studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts. After independence of Korea, Nam settled in Seoul and helped form the Joseon Art and Culture Association with artists such as Lee Quede, Lee In-Sung and Lee Gyu-Sang.
Their annual member exhibitions showed remarkable ability and his first solo exhibition in Korea was held in 1949. Upon his return to Japan in the early 1950s, Nam was profoundly influenced by the first edition of the Japan International Art Exhibition (later to be referred to as the Tokyo Biennale) and the Salon de Me Tokyo exhibition in Paris that ultimately led Nam to move to France in 1954 to continue his studies. Nams unique style is expressed in a harmonious fusion of materials belonging to the ancient civilizations of the East via Western and modern methods.Nam focused on the expression of human integrity and value rather than visible things. Values such as human happiness or eternal life are interpreted as refined and sophisticated colors and human images are expressed in the shape of hieroglyphic characters. Hundreds of sales prove it. Nam Kwan Nam Kwan is one of the most highly recognized pioneers of abstract painting in Korean Modern Art history along with his contemporary artist, Kim Whan-Ki. In 1954, after returning from Japan, Nam decided to move to Paris in order to develop his own visual language by learning from Western masters, and also practice his art in a new environment. Through extensive experiments with various materials and techniques in Paris, by the early 1960s, Nam began to develop his signature style and motif: unique shapes evoking letters, historical remains, stones, crowns from the Silla Dynasty, and Korean traditional masks. Unlike renowned Western calligraphy abstract painters such as Hans Hartung, Mark Tobey, and Franz Klein, who mostly pursued free brushstrokes of spontaneous energy and action, Nam preferred to carefully devise letter shapes and make them constructive. Nam's signature ideogram style continued to evolve into the next stage; more concrete structure by occupying repeated letters on the canvas during the 1970s and using soft shapes of ideograms as if they were floating in the universe in the 1980s. Collapsed Ruins (Lot 183) featured here, is a representative example that demonstrates his mature technique and evolved style employing the ideograms during the 1980s.
Its unique aesthetic qualities come from mesmerizing harmonies of blues and his signature ideograms; airy, feathery blues with deeper sapphires in the painting evoke Korean traditional garments created from dyes extracted from plants and flowers; his signature ideograms combined with historical ruins, Chinese and Korean characters, and human faces evoke the rich history of humans. Nam expresses hope, and at the same time conveys the futility of life by floating them in the air. Covell, one among many Western critics who praised Nam Kwan's works said, Only an inspired artist can guide us to this magic land.
Collapsed Ruins will take the viewer to the magic land of ultimate harmony and peace beyond struggle, between life and death. Nam Kwans exhibition have been held in various art museums and galleries including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Tokyo Art Expo, Sao-Paulo Biennale and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In 1942 and 1943 he won the Funoke Prize and Mitsui Prize in Japan and was honored at the Biennale de Peinture in Menton in 1966.
In Korea, he was awarded the Chun-gok Art Prize in 1967. Nams artworks are in the public collections of numerous global institutions including the Musée National dArt Moderne France, Musée d'art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxembourg, Torino Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, and the Museum of Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. 80 , (1991), , (1990), (1967), , (1956).
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