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Lee Heungduk (Korean, b.1953)
LOT ID: 78166
Hyosun & Misun, 2003

Oil, on canvas.
28.62 х 35.83 in. (72.69 x 91.01 cm.)
Signed, and dated on the front lower right.
Lot description
"Hyosun & Misun" (2003) is an important figurative painting by one of the most notable Post-Modern Korean Contemporary artists working today, Lee Heungduk (Korea, B. 1953), who is internationally acclaimed for his highly sought after stylized and colorful portraits. This work assesses the loss and communal mourning of the infamously tragic death of two 14 year old friends, Shin Hyosun and Sim Misun, who were killed by a U.S. armored tank in Uijungbu. This headline incident inspired Lee's portrayal of a veneer of innocence with an undercurrent of resistance and tension. This painting is a sublime example of the exaggerated manner in which the artist paints: with an internationally naive treatment of human features and expression. The inclusion of candles underscore a sense of the ephemeral, and the innocence lost. This painting measures 28.62 inches x 35.83 inches (72.7 x 91 cm) and is in excellent condition.

Lee Heungduk received formal training with an MFA from Hong-ik University, Soul Korea and has been the subject of top gallery exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and throughout Asia. Notable museum exhibitions of Heungduk's work include the Seok-Nam Museum of Art, Geum-Ho Museum of Art, and Hyundai Museum of Art, all in Korea, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan. The artist is represented by the prestigious Kwanhoon Gallery in Seoul, Korea.
Hyosun & Misun by Lee Heungduk
  • Hyosun & Misun by Lee Heungduk
  • Hyosun & Misun by Lee Heungduk
  • Hyosun & Misun by Lee Heungduk
  • Hyosun & Misun by Lee Heungduk
  • Hyosun & Misun by Lee Heungduk
  • Hyosun & Misun by Lee Heungduk
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