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Wisdom & Compassion – an exhibition of Buddhist art at Mokspace

To mark Buddha’s Birthday (17 May this year), Mokspace’s latest exhibition, which opens 14 May, is of contemporary Buddhist art. Note also the meditation class, lotus lantern making and tea ceremony events, which need to be booked in advance.

Wisdom & Compassion

Jewoo Jeon, Sooyung Lee, Sukhi Barber, Suzanne Rees Glanister, Venerable Sulgok
Opening Reception: Tuesday 14th May 2013, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Exhibition: 14th May – 9th June 2013
MOKSPACE – 33 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH T: +44 (0) 20 7637 8880 W: E: [email protected]
Admission Free


1. Tea ceremony: Thursday 16th May 2013, 5:30 – 6:30pm
2. Meditation: Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 6:30 – 7:30pm
3. Lotus Lantern making: Saturday 1st June 2013, 3:00 – 4:00pm

There will be present an experienced expert leading each class who will be available for the first 15 bookings. Bookings can be made via [email protected], should any changes occur regarding the classes individual contacts will be made to those with a seat.


Mokspace welcomes you to an exciting new exhibition of ‘Wisdom and Compassion’ based on the teachings of Buddha. This exhibition shows Buddhism in new light of the contemporary 21st century, contrasting from the origins of when this philosophical journey began centuries ago. These harmonious statements celebrate the birth of Buddha, usually celebrated amongst others with lanterns and lights, but our team of artists each presents their interpretations of this event as a way of celebration. We present to you with works of paintings, installations, photography and sculptures to give you a better understanding of Buddhism as a whole.

Jewoo Jeon

Jewoo Jeon runs the Korea Institute of Buddhist Photography. He has worked as the Chief of Korean Society of Buddhist Photography and a photographer for the Korean Jogye order Newsletter. He is currently a leading member of the Korea Association of Buddhist Photographers.

Sooyung Lee

Sooyung, born in Gwangju, Korea in 1975, shows architectural and constructive notions through her works as she majored in furniture design at college. She is currently working as a coordinator at Gwangju Biennale in Korea. After graduating with an MA degree at Loughborough University she successfully gained attention from a wide audience last year at an exhibition hosted by the Korean Cultural Centre UK. The work shown at this exhibition is an outcome of collaboration with Hyunseok Lee by which audience is able to contemplate the meaning of 108 earthly human desires through the carefully designed constructions and letters.

Sukhi Barber

Born in Hertfordshire in 1971, Sukhi Barber began painting about Ancient Greco Roman art and philosophy from her youth. This has strengthened her foundation to study sculpture at The City and Guild of London Art School. For her technique in creating figures using clay and drawing nude, Sukhi was awarded a scholarship from Madame Tussaud, as well as receiving a Sculpture Award in 1995 as she graduated. Sukhi became fascinated by the unchanging truth and peace found during her journey in India after her degree. She then moved on to creating Buddha sculptures in a traditional way, such as carving into stone or casting bronze, along with researching Buddhism philosophy in Nepal and Katmandu for 12 years after the visit. Since her final piece of 1991 at university, Sukhi has widely participated in numerous exhibitions.

Suzanne Rees Glanister

Suzanne was born in Wales. She spent her most of her childhood in Sri Lanka and Nigeria following her father’s job. She tells that because of her experience of witnessing different kinds of poor, famine and war in the countries she had been to, Suzanne became fascinated by Buddhist ideas. As a designer of theatre and theatre costume, Suzanne is widely experienced taking part in prestigious festivals such as Edinburgh Festivals, and now works as one of the artists of the South London Women Artists (SLWA).

Venerable Sulgok

설곡 스님께서는 1964년 불가로 출가하셨습니다. 그의 직관적인 심미안의 바탕은 어릴 적 경험한 선사들의 묵적(묵으로 쓴 흔적 ex; 글씨, 사군자)과 선서화였습니다. 한국불교 선종 선사(불교 수행자들을 높이는 말) 들의 작업과정을 지켜보고 그 분들의 담론을 귀담아 들으며 자신을 수련해 나갔습니다. 이후 예술적 욕구는 동양의 수묵세계에 닿았고 1991년부터 95년 까지 대만 중국문화대학에서 예술학부 와 대학원 석사를 공부하셨습니다. 그는 모든 면에 색을 채우기 보다는 여백의 미가 느껴질 수 있는 ‘단조로움’을 지향합니다. 단조로움이 부족함이 아니라 하나의 미(美)로 느껴지기 위해서는 어느 순간 주저하지 말고 붓을 놓아야 하는데, 시간과 열정으로 집중하다 보면 그순간 붓을 내려놓는 것이 어렵습니다. 그는 그것이 곧 집착이라 말합니다. 그렇기에 그는 말합니다. “그림은 나에게 나의 삶과 정신세계를 표현하는 수행의 한 방법입니다.” 라고.

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