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In-kyung Park

(b.1926)

Interested in art and poetry at a very young age, In-Kyung Park exhibited her work at the 1949 National Fine Arts Salon in Seoul, where she was awarded the First Prize for Painting. She soon strove to move away from the traditional training she had received and the same year she visited an exhibition of Ungno Lee’s work, which was a revelation for her. She admired his freedom of expression and the simplification of the forms in his work, which was very different from the meticulousness of the drawing techniques she had been taught. They married in 1949, and for ten years the couple was at the heart of the Korean artistic scene, but they wanted to leave Korea and live in Europe. In 1959, they left Korea with their young son and went to Germany. They settled in France in 1960.

A great admirer of the oeuvre of Ungno Lee, who is very famous in South Korea, she has devoted a great deal of time to promoting his work in France. She would paint at night in secret. Her art immerses us in the heart of nature, which reflects her emotions and which she paints with black ink or with natural pigments on hanji paper (mulberry tree paper).

Personal exhibitions

2021 “Over my room window”, Leeungno Museum, Daejeon, South Korea.

2016 “Nature in Abstract”, Leeungno Museum, Daejeon, South Korea.

2012 Numaga Gallery, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

2011 Cultural Center of Ma-San, Ma-San, South Korea.

2010 Gong Art Space Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

2007 K.O.A.S. (Korea Art Special Festival).

1996 Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

1978 Go-Ryeo Gallery, Paris, France.

1975 Yang-ji Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

1972 Numaga Gallery, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

1970 University Gallery, Paris, France.

1963 Saint-Enimie Gallery, Lozere, France.

1953 Myeong-Dong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

Groups exhibitions

2013 The 3 Lee, Thessa Herold Gallery, Paris, France.

2009 Korean Cultural Centre, New York, USA.

Lumen gallery, Paris, France.

2006 Lumen gallery, Paris, France.

2002 Young-In Museum, Seoul, South Korea.

1986 Salon Comparaisons, Grand Palais, Paris, France.

1985 City Museum of Kanagawa Yokohama, Japan.

Sang-Yo Gallery, Tokyo, Japon.

Go-Ryeo Gallery, Paris, France.

Salon Comparaisons, Grand Palais, Paris, France.

1984 Go-Ryeo Gallery, Paris, France.

Salon Comparaisons, Grand Palais, Paris, France.

1979 Go-Ryeo Gallery, Paris, France.

1977 Academy of Oriental Painting, Paris, France.

Go-Ryeo Gallery, Paris, France.

1975 Hyun-Dae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

Municipal Museum, Bristol, England.

1974 Exhibition of Female Oriental Painting, Munich, Germany.

1973 82nd National Salon of Association of Beaux-Arts, Trouville-sur-Mer, France.

1971 Academy of Oriental Painting, Paris, France.

Cernushi Museum, Paris, France.

University Gallery, Paris, France.

Vercamer Gallery, Paris, France.

1960 Exhibition of Korean Painting in France, Paris, France.

1959 Prestel Gallery, Frankfort, Germany.

Municipal Museum, Bonn, Germany.

1955 Exhibition of Nok-Mi-Hoe, Seoul, South Korea.

1949 Exhibition of Nok-Mi-Hoe, Seoul, South Korea.

Selected works