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Lee Kiyoung: Subsequent Answer

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Key takeaways

1. A solo exhibition by Korean painter Lee Kiyoung features his recent abstract paintings

2. Lee's artworks explore traditional Asian painting techniques while incorporating diverse colors and intricate mark-making.


Nov 8 - Nov 28, 2023






LEEHWAIK Gallery presents Subsequent answer, a solo exhibition by Lee Kiyoung, from November 8 - 28, 2023.

Lee Kiyoung earned his BA and MA from Seoul National University in Eastern Painting. He had his first solo exhibition in 1999, marking the beginning of his artistic career, and he continued to cultivate a unique style over the years. Since 2014, he has been serving as a professor in the Department of Eastern Painting at Ewha Womans University, which has further enriched his creative pursuits.

Lee showcases a distinctive contemporary ink painting created through extensive exploration of the material properties of ink, which is a traditional medium in Eastern painting. His process involves layering ink on Hanji paper and erasing and polishing the surface repeatedly, leaving a trail of marks embedded in the artwork. More recently, he has started incorporating drawn lines, surface carving, and a raised inlaid technique to introduce a diverse range of colors to his compositions.

In essence, Lee’s work can be summarized as a “world shaped through acts related to emptiness, sensitivity, and tense situations.” Previously, he regarded his artistic process as one where he played the role of a “director” who orchestrates the situation. However, he now sees himself as an “actor” who captures the process of “expression.” For example, to convey the emotion of “emptiness” that underpins his practice, he looks into past memories to draw, erase, and polish, effectively staging the situation. Through the act of drawing lines, he endeavors to express the sensitivity and tension of the “reality” that he experiences. Lee finds the utmost satisfaction when he ultimately brings a profound landscape to fruition within his work.

For this exhibition, the artist has chosen the title Subsequent answer for both the exhibition and his new series of work. He has often avoided imposing significant constraints or meanings on titles, instead preferring to have them untitled or an intuitive name derived directly from the visual presentation of the artwork. At some point, he realized that with each new artwork he presents, he has been continuously providing answers without questions. This choice reflects an allegorical and nuanced expression of the ongoing results or answers that he offers as part of his artistic journey.

Lee has featured his work in numerous exhibitions across various locations, including South Korea, Singapore, United States, and Japan. His works are included in prominent collections such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, the Seoul Museum of Art, and Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Ansan.