Korean artists offer fresh perspectives on printmaking

(Photos courtesy of Korean Cultural Center)

From now until Aug 30, the Korean Cultural Center in Thailand, under the South Korean embassy, is hosting a special art exhibition that focuses on modern printmaking.

The event, which takes over the centre's main hall on the 1st floor, showcases almost 100 pieces of artwork by 28 Korean printmakers and three Thai printmaking artists.

All participating artists from South Korea are members of the Philoprint Printmakers' Association, a group of print enthusiasts who express their outlook on life and work through visual arts. The association, which was established in 1989, has contributed to the development of the Korean art and printmaking field.

Presented at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, to personally introduce their works, were Hye-kyung Kim, a veteran artist who has had many private exhibitions and auctions at top galleries throughout the world; Young Gi Lee, a leading visual artist who's won several awards globally; and mixed media artist Kyoung Ran Kim.

The installation also features artistic productions by Eun Jee Kong, Bo Eun Kook, Sung Hee Kim, Seong Mee Park, Sue Ok Byun, Kyoung Seon Yoon and Sin Hee Yoon.

Also highlighted are local masterpieces by leading Thai artists including illustrator and printmaker Ploy Nikadanont; textile artist Lalida Jitjai; and award-winning print artist Parichart Suphaphan.

Visitors to the event will get not only to appreciate the artistic excellence but also to examine diverse printmaking techniques and fresh perspectives of the masters.

The exhibition encompasses productions such as drypoint, aquatint etching, silkscreen, lithography, calligraphy, watercolour painting, woodcutting, and multi-layered stencils.

The centre's director Jae Il Cho said: "This exhibition will promote not only various techniques and expression of modern print but also art interchange between Korea and Thailand. As a cultural centre, we will continue to support the partnership in the realm of fine arts between artists of the two countries.

The exhibition is open 9am-5pm. There's no admission fee. The Korean Cultural Center is located between Sukhumvit 15 and 17.

For more information, call 02-651-0165 or visit facebook.com/koreanculturalcenterTH.


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