Lee Yeoungsup

Republic of Korea

Artist biography

Lee Yeoungsup is a modern artist, who originates from the Republic of Korea, like other famous artists such as Kim Jin Sik, Kimsooja -, Joo Lee Kang, Jaeyoung Lim, and Choi Jun Kun.

About Lee Yeoungsup's works

Lee Yeoungsup is known for working in the fields of Abstraction, Expressionism and Conceptual work. Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead tries to achieve an effect with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main elements have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly influential in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for an important number of branches of abstract art.

Including artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Wassily Kandinsky and Edvard Munch, Expressionism is one the principal currents of art of the 20th century - although it is considered to be an international state of mind rather than just an art movement. When it comes to paintings, Expressionist artists were significantly inspired by Eastern art which they deemed “primitive” in its use of bright colours and simplified figures. By enhancing textural elements and freeing their brushstrokes, artists were hoping to reflect the psychological state of mind of their time, and truthfully express their inner self. Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Der Blaue Reiter is a great example of Expressionism, which can be understood as Kandinsky’s desire to move beyond from realistic depictions and focus on subjectivity rather than objectivity.

Conceptual art is arguably not as clear and easily defined as other art movements, and can often provoke intense reactions in the viewers. By nature, Conceptualism puts an emphasis on the strategies and research that go into the creation, making the concept of an artwork its most essential feature, rather than the actual finished product. Although the movement emerged in the mid 1960s, simultaneously across Europe and America, its founder Marcel Duchamp had paved the way back in 1917, with his controversial artwork Fontaine. Conceptual art rejects the traditional mediums, and strives to place the artwork in the realm of ideas - rather than that of material constructions. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono.

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