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Ryu Junhwa (Korean, b.1963)
LOT ID: 74859
Day and Night, 2011

Oil, on canvas.
57.85 х 57.85 in. (146.94 x 146.94 cm.)
Signed, dated lower right front.
Lot description
"Day and Night" (2011) is a stunning large-scale oil fantasy-scape by celebrated Contemporary Korean artist Ryu Junhwa. This work is painted in warm, rich hues, precisely applied in many translucent layers of paint, and is filled with iconography symbolic of celebration and life, which characterizes Junhwa's consistent themes. Junhwa paints this this surreal narrative with an emphasis on the feminine realm and fertility. Water surrounds a stylized female figure representing Mother Earth whose hair turns into verdant peaked mountaintops. She stands holding a small bird in one hand which she gazes at serenely, with an owl observing the scene, perched on a nearby flower. Birds are a reoccurring theme in Junhwa's oeuvre, painted as messengers from the gods sent down to enlighten the world. This painting measures 57.85 x 57.85 inches, is unframed and in excellent condition.

Ryu Junhwa stems from Seoul, Korea and attended both Hong-ik University and Kyungbuk University in Seoul, Korea. Junhwa's work has been extensively exhibited in major public and private institutions throughout South Korea including the Daegeon City Museum, the Kyunghee Museum, the Insa Art Center, National Museum of Modern Art, Soma Museum, Suho Museum and many more. The artist is shown in important galleries throughout Asia and Europe including Kwanhoon Gallery, Gana Art Gallery, Gallery Beone with work held in the permanent collections at the Kyunggi-do Museum, South Korea the Yangpyung-gun Museum, South Korea and several others. The artist lives and works in South Korea.
Day and Night by Ryu Junhwa
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