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Park Seo-Bo (1931-)

Park Seo-Bo’s exquisite works reflect five decades of exploring the role of the artist as a channel through which energy manifests itself in form. One of the most influential artists in modern Korean history, Park uses traditional Korean paper and employs simple but dramatic gestures that allude to a rudimentary language. Framing many of the fundamental concepts of Dansaekhwa, Park has pursued his philosophy of the artist as a conduit. This profound belief in the artist’s ability to merge with the medium reflects Park’s practice of illustrating the patterns of energy that make up consciousness, evoking what he refers to as body rhythm.

Park Seo-Bo is widely celebrated as an influential professor at Hongik University, Seoul, where he was later the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Park has exhibited in multiple solo shows in significant institutions such as Daegue Museum of art, Daegue, Korea (2012), Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea (2010), Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole (2006-2007), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea (1991). His work was included in Beginning of New Era, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea (2009), and Working with Nature: Traditional Thought in Contemporary Art from Korea at Tate Gallery Liverpool in 1992.