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Ryu Junhwa (Korean, b.1963)
LOT ID: 78951
Letter Wing, 2012

Acrylic, Mixed Media, on canvas.
57.28 х 44.9 in. (145.49 x 114.05 cm.)
Signed, and dated on the bottom right.
Lot description
"Letter Wing" (2012) is a stunning mixed media on canvas fantasy-scape by celebrated Contemporary Korean artist Ryu Junhwa (Korea, b. 1963). This work is painted in warm muted hues, precisely applied in many translucent layers creating the appearance as if the nude young girl is sitting in shallow water. Here her hair seemingly merges with the tattoo-like calligraphy and flowers painted upon her back, while a duck peaks out from behind the ink. Junhwa paints this surreal narrative with an emphasis on the feminine realm, fertility, and nature, denoted by the water which surrounds her stylized female figure and blossoming flowers painted over her. This painting measures 57.28 x 44.9 inches, (145.5 x 114.05 cm) is unframed and in excellent condition.

The emphasis on enlightenment and awakening that this figure represents are a reoccurring themes in Junhwa's work, as are other Buddhist principles. These motifs in Junhwa's oeuvre are painted as messengers from the gods sent down to enlighten the world. Junhwa has had a recent solo exhibition at the prestigious Kwanhoon Gallery, from November 14th - 27th.

Ryu Junhwa was born in Seoul, Korea in 1963 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. Ryu Junhwa currently lives and works in South Korea.
Letter Wing by Ryu Junhwa
  • Letter Wing by Ryu Junhwa
  • Letter Wing by Ryu Junhwa
  • Letter Wing by Ryu Junhwa
  • Letter Wing by Ryu Junhwa
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