Having exhibited in London and Portsmouth, Sea Hyun Lee is now on his way up to Leeds for an 8-week show at historical Harewood House. Details below.
Sea Hyun Lee: Between Red
18 July-13 September
These epic paintings, rendered in washes of red, appear deceptively simple at first glance and resemble traditional Korean landscape paintings. Shards of white canvas contrast with painstakingly detailed fragments of red landscape dotted with isolated dwellings. The effect is of a constantly splitting and reforming terrain.
The landscapes are in fact collaged together from fragments of the mountainous terrain of the de-militarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, the latter being the Artist’s homeland. The Between Red paintings are thus deeply personal to Sea Hyun Lee as well as highly politicised, hence their red tone. They carry both a sophisticated sense of nostalgia and a wry idea of utopia. Nonetheless, each painting coheres into a stunning panoramic image and the work recalls the blue-and-white porcelain and straddles the fine art/design divide.
Sea Hyun Lee was born in Geoje Island, South Korea, in 1967. Following a Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea, he now lives and works in London and is represented by Union Gallery. Between Red has been shown to great acclaim in London, Zurich and Portsmouth, and tours to Milan following this exhibition in the Terrace Gallery.