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LEE Seahyun

Lee Seahyun’s works may seem like utopia, but it actually capture dystopia created by humans. When looked from afar, it looks like a landscape painting, but looked closely, there are images of ruins of buildings and traces of cannonballs; his works frankly speak of Korea’s painful history.  Traces of pain and reality of today’s society are portrayed along with the artist’s intimate places and people on the canvas.

When studying abroad in London, he personally experienced culture differences between two countries, and during this process, Lee accepted the difference and contemplated upon Korea’s environment and started to depict it as red landscape. His work is composed of two most memorable factors: memories of nature environment he grew up with at Geoje Island are the foundation, and along with it, he struggles to hold onto disappearing landscapes of Korea and adds on artist’s own imagination. By doing so, he stimulates audiences’ sensibilities and nostalgia for the lost past. His series is inspired from landscapes he saw through night vision goggles during his time in the army at the DMZ and started to use red color. He depicts warships, cannonballs, ruins of buildings, and by doing so, he frankly reveals political, social environments created by reality of division between two Koreas putting bits of painful history and present days.

Lee Seahyun was in 1967 in Geoje Island, and graduated from Hongik University Graduate School, earning his BFA and MFA in Department of Painting. Then he studied abroad at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and started his series from there. His works are part of Microsoft Art Collection, Bank of America, and many other art collections throughout Europe and United States. He also carried on a print project with New York Pace Prints, actively working in the field.



1967     Born in Geoje, Korea

1989     BFA Department of Western Painting, Hongik University, Seoul

2001     MFA Department of Painting, Hongik University, Seoul

2006     MFA Department of Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London


Lives and Works in Seoul



Solo Exhibitions


2014     Between Red, VOUS ETES ICI Gallery, Amsterdam

2012     Plastic Garden, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

2011     Between Red, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York

2009     Between Red, Zonca & Zonca Gallery, Milan

           Between Red, Harewood House, Leeds, UK

           Between Red, ASPEX Contemporary Art Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

2008     Between Red, Union Gallery, London

           Between Red, One and J Gallery, Seoul

2007     Between Red, MIKI WICK KIM Contemporary Art, Zurich, Switzerland

2001     Daily, Contemporary Museum of Hongik University, Seoul

1999     THE, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Yangju, Korea

1998     The Navel of Sea, 21st Century Gallery, Seoul

1997     The Garden of Narcissus, Deokweon Gallery, Seoul



Selected Group Exhibitions


2014     Korea Tomorrow, Dongdaemun Design Plaza Museum, Seoul

           The Moment, We Awe, Sanshang Contemporary Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

           Sweet Dew- since 1980, Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Gwangju, Korea

           Neo-Sansu, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

2013     Pulse of Sight, Hakgojae Shanghai, Shanghai

           Real Landscape of the day, Gyeomjae Jeongseon Memorial Museum, Seoul

           The Moment, We Awe, HOW Art Museum, Wenzhou, China

2012     (Im)Possible Landscape, PLATEAU, Seoul

           Cynical Resistance, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam

           One must imagine Sisyphus happy, House of the Nobleman, London

           Prelude, Space Cottonseed, Singapore

2011     彼我同一: We are who you are, Gallery Jijihyang, GyeongGi, Korea

           Sea of Peace, Incheon Art Platform, GyeongGi, Korea

           The Future Pass, International Art Exhibition “ILLUMInations BiennaleVenezia”, Venezia, Italy

           Bad Exhibition, PIN Gallery, Beijing

2010-11 Korean Art Issue 2010: Art of National Division - The Flower on the Snow, Daejeon Museum of Art,  

           Daejeon, Korea 

2010     Plastic Garden, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

           The Accursed Share, Gallery Artside, Beijing

           New Organ, Space* C, Seoul

           A Different Similarity, Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

           Here and There - The World in Motion 2010, LuXun Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, Shenyang, China;      

           Seoul, Busan 

2009     Trans Real-My Hometown, Asia House, London

           City net Asia 2009, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

           After Gogo: New Era of Korean Art, 2009 Ljubliana Graphic Biennale, Cankarjev Dom Gallery, Ljubliana, 


           A Different Similarity, Santralistanbul Museum, Istanbul

           Korea on the Rocks, Art Seasons Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2008     Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York

           My Name is Red, FURINI Arts Contemporanea, Arezzo, Italy

           4482 Korean Artists in London, Bargehouse OXO Tower Wharf, London

           Asian Art in London, Of Origin and Future, I - MYU Projects, London

           Landslide, I - MYU Project, London

2007     Sense of Moment, Cais Gallery, Hong Kong

           4482: Korean Contemporary Artists in London, King’s park Studio, London

           Late at Tate Britain, Fold07 performance, Tate Britain, London

           The Catlin Art Prize 2007, My Life in Art Gallery, London

           Salon Nouveau, Engholm Engelhorn Gallery, Vienna

2006     Susak Expo, Island of Susak, Croatia

           Still Dynamics, Jerwood Space, London

2003     Difference of Time, Noam Gallery, Seoul

2001     Humidity, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul

           Origin, Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts, Seoul

1999     Korea-Australia Exchange Exhibition, Dansoung Gallery, Seoul

           Origin, Gang Gallery, Seoul

           Cord-New Image, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul

1998     Millennium, Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul

1997     FROG, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul

           WSIN WIND NOW ‘97, Museum of Hunabaci, Japan

1994     Korea – Japan Modern Art Exchange, Arts Hall, Seoul

           Turning Point of Concept Toward 2000, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

           Subconscious of 20 People, Chung Nam Art Gallery, Seoul

           Self Portrait – A Net of Time, Arts Hall, Seoul

1993     Young Views, Mikun Gallery, Seoul

           Self Search of Correspondent, Beakah Museum, Daegu, Korea

1993-96 The 4-8 Walking People, Dukwon Gallery, ChungNam Museum, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul

1992     KEY, InDeco Gallery, Seoul

           New Generation Painting’s Cross-Section, Kyungin Gallery, Seoul

1989     SYNDROME, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

           New Artists, KoKung Museum, Seoul

           Space Experience Through Painterly Eyes, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul

           Glass Table>, Do-Wol Gallery, Seoul

           From Human, Matter, and Existence, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul

           ’89 – Direction, Do-Wol Gallery, Seoul

1988     The 7th Korea Art Fair, National Museum of Modern Art, Gwacheon

           The 11th Central Art Fair, Ho-Wahm Art Hall, Seoul

1986     The 9th Central Art Fair, National Museum of Modern Art, Gwacheon 





All Visual Arts, London

Bank of America, USA

Berger Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Collection of Caralie Etroy, London

Collection of James Li, Beijing

Collection of Lorraine, Barrick, Seattle, USA

Fidelity Investment, Boston, USA

Hana Bank Collection, Seoul

Microsoft Art Collection, USA

Uil Sigg Collection, Zurich

LEEUM Collection, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

Art Bank, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China



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