Lee JinWoo (b. 1959 in Seoul, Korea) is a Korean artist based in Paris, France. He graduated from Sejong University in Seoul in 1983 before moving to Paris in 1986 where he attended the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Lee is part of a younger generation of Korean artists that comes after Park Seo-Bo and Lee Ufan, but is influenced by the Dansaekhwa.

Lee creates works characterized by monochromatic surfaces with unique textures. He does this by placing hanji (Korean paper) on top of charcoal and hitting it with an iron brush. This process is repeated many times to create a densely layered but fine surface. The ascetic way of Lee’s creative process and artistic expression serves as a sort of meditation. In it Lee expresses ‘something’ within himself without the intervention of his ‘mind’. This also resonates with the “repetition,” “training,” and “spirituality” features often seen in Dansaekhwa works.

WORKS

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Year
2016-17
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
60 x 102 cm
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Year
2016-17
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
133 x 138 cm
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Year
2016-17
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
152 x 116 cm
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Year
2016-17
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
153 x 118 cm
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Year
2019
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
51 x 74 cm
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Year
2019
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
51 x 74 cm
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Year
2019
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
96 x 130 cm
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Year
2019
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
90 x 57.5 cm
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Year
2019
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
90 x 57.5 cm
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Year
2018
Material
Hanji paper and wood charcoal
Size
58 x 90 cm
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EXHIBITIONS

Tokyo

Lee Jin Woo

2021/11/4–12/25

Tokyo

Lee Jin Woo Black Forest

2017/3/4–4/15

NEWS

Art Basel | Hong Kong

Dates: May 25 (sat) – 26 (sun), 2022
Location: Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Booth: 1B35
Artist: Susumu Koshimizu, Yoshio Sekine, Kishio Suga, Sesson Uno, SHIMURAbros, Park Seo-Bo and Lee Jin Woo