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LEE MAN IK

 

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이만익 키아프 아트 인 아시아 커버스토리 (2007)

 

* cover story MAN-IK LEE KIAF 2007 (KOREA INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR) *

Man-ik Lee Tuesday, 01 May 2007

 

 

 

< Lee Man-ik Crossing of the river 2007 oil on canvas 160x300cm >

< 이만익--도강(渡江) 2007 oil on canvas 162x300cm >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The sound of People Resonant in Primary Colors

< Lee Man-ik Family (as flowers bloom, the moon rises ) 2007 oil on canvas 46x53cm >

 

 

 

Vivid primary colors dance in Man-ik Lee’s paintings.

The images in simplified and moderate lines, give an intense impression.

 

They are also familiar to us, as they are about candid stories of our people.

Deployed themes are various stories ranging from legendary tales of the past

to everyday scenes of the present time.

 

This exemplifies the unique world of Lee?

art with a feast of primary colors and legends, tinged with Korean aesthetics,

which are not so common even in the art circles of Korea.

 

Man-ik Lee holds a belief that good paintings represent not the voice of individuals,

but that of the society and humankind.

 


He has been trying to capture the frustrations and dreams of the Koreans in his painting.

In addition, he has been endeavoring to represent our faces.

 

This was realized by appropriating the myths of Goguryo, and Pansori


such as Chunhyangga and Simcheongjon.

 

What he has been searching for are the very stories of our national sentiment.

 

In particular,he is trying to avoid being unintelligible or ambiguous.

For this reason, he prefers a simple compostion to serious gestures.

 

 

Of course, this is harmoized with the use of primary colors,

beauty of simplificatio, and organized composition to allow him to create his own type.

His works are oil paintings based on western style,

 

 

however, they can be seen as modern succession of the Korean traditional colored paintings

as well as they attempt to broaden the range of fine art audience.

 

In this respect, I believe Man-ik Lee? work is noteworthy.

 

 

Bum-mo Youn Art Critic

 

 

 

 

 

Paintings That Speak, Poems with No Sound

< Lee Man-ik Towards a blooming town 2006 oil on canvas 112x162cm >

 

 

 

His paintings have glaring stars in the night sky,

flowers at some corners of the canvas and birds of good omen which predict bright future.

 

Lee overcomes the grief and suffering of humans with the auspicious signs of the universe,

the bliss of nature, and human sympathy.

 


Appreciating his art is not a serious task, but a joyful experience.

Although his paintings are often regarded as visual decoration,

 

the decoration itself arises from the artist intention that designed to give us pleasure

with rhythmic movement of life.

 

In a word, his art world is a positive view and a logic of interpretation of human existence.

 

Lee is a symbolist artist who arranges the world of sentiments logically and

who succeeds in establishing the symolic modes appropriate for him.

 


Like the birth of a new life, the creation of a particular mode bears history in itself.

 

In this respect, those modes he has established have

a very close relationship with the already existing modes.

 

But who could dare attribute Lee? symbolic paintings to other artist?

 

Lee standsout as a great artist who has found his identity and

improved the artistic standard of our lives.

 

 

Byeuhng-Nam Aesthetician

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humoristical Visualization of Korean Life and Sentiments

< Joumong, the founder of Goguryeo dynasty grasps the agency of Providence,

2006 oil on canvas, 112x162cm >

 

 

The world of Man-ik Lee’work is literally original, clearly unfolding the admiration

or the nostalgia for the folk life by harmonizing detailed

explanatory descriptions and formative ways.

 

 

He uses simple techniques on screens,

using distinct strong black outlines to have clear emphasis on the characters and

 

other aspects of the stage, and using flat colors such

as red, yellow, blue, purple, light green as decorations.

 



The resulting clarity immediately affects to our senses of popular or general aesthetics.

It also has a special meaning in that it

consciously handles literal or narrative themes that all modern formalism,

including abstractionism has turned their backs on.


 


His works create uniqueness with beautiful emotional and sentimental pictures

which has been formed in the history of people? lives.

 

His motifs of tales, songs, and folkways have been selected

as very Korean materials that nobody has ever really touched upon.


Despite the antiquity and unreality of the story,

it creates a novel formative characteristic

that comes close to today’s views in a humorous way.

 



The typical Korean that can be found in his pictures is all simple, innocent and peaceful.

Many people feel close to his work without feeling burdened

due mostly to the unfolding of popular themes, which he emphasizes.

 

 

Lee’s strolls through the past and the present,

and his tenacity towards Korean life and sentiments

continue endlessly with the originality of the screen.

 

 

Gu-yeol Lee Art Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A search for Korean identity in one artist's broad strokes

 

by Limb Jae-un 2009

 

 

 

Lee’s “Great Korean Ahn Jung-geun” (2008)

 

 

 

 

Dark bold outlines, simplified forms and earthy colors


are part of the signature style that makes Lee Man-ik's


paintings instantly recognizable.

 


That man himself, meanwhile, is very down-to-earth and genuine.

Now 71, Lee says he wants his works reflect humanism,

which he believes is lacking in contemporary art.

 


"Contemporary art is not foe humanity but is art

for the sake of art,"

 

Lee said. " I tried to put humanism-related themes into my paintings."


Sixty paintings by Lee will be shown at Gallery Hyundai

In southern Seoul beginning tomorrow in exhibition titled

“Worshiping Humanism.”

 


These works include his most recent paintings, produced


This year, as well as those created during the 1990s.


Lee’s works shows a fascination with literature, religion,

History, poetry and mythology, with distinctively Korean root.


His human figures have dark brown skin and wear humble traditional clothes.

As a whole, Lee’s oeuvre evokesnostalgia.


The artist said his style was formed in the late 1970s,

after he returned from a trip to Paris that began in 1973.

 

Lee says after his voyage to Europe he thought he ought to


base his style on Korean emotions rather than simply

following Western traditions.

 

“I painted and erased over and over.” Lee said.

“Then, I came across the concept of ‘We Korean.’

 

I wanted to include human relationships between me and my family,

with family and neighbors, and with my country and its history.

 


There, I wanted to find our identity.

“As I delved into Korean themes, my paintings became more

two-dimensional and of perspective.”

 

Lee’s paintings were so unique and powerful that


Some of his works were even used as posters for cultural events.


His painting of Queen Myeongseong was used in 1995

as a poster for the local musical “The Last Empress.”

Which was based on the life story of the Joseon Dynasty

(1392-1910) queen who was murdered by Japanese agentsIn 1895.

 

Another piece was used for the 2007 musical

“Dancing Shadow,” which was adapted from the novel

“Forest Fire” by Cha Bum-suk about a remote village during


the Korean War. These two pieces are also part of the exhibit.

 

 

Jbiz91@joongang.co.kr


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LEE MAN IK
www.maniklee.com

 


Man-ik Lee was born in Haihjou, Hwang-haih Province, Korea in 1938.


He received his B.F.A. from Seoul National University in 1961.

He was an art director of the 24th Olympiad Seoul(1988)and 8th Paralympics Seoul(1988).

He is the winner of 5th 'Lee Jeung-Saub Art Prize'.

Currently, his 37th solo exhibition was held in Gallery Hyndai, Seoul, 2009 12 .3 - 20

He held numerous group and invitation exhibitions at China, Japan, France, U.S.A. and etc.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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