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Oh Se-Yeol

(1945)

Oh Se-Yeol, who was born in 1945 in Seoul, is one of the major contemporary Korean artists of his generation. His paintings explore the unconscious and fragments of childhood memories that we retain. His style, whose hesitant lines are reminiscent of children’s drawings, takes us into a unique poetic world.

Many of his paintings feature a background without perspective, comprised of successive layers, whose surface bears several scratches, revealing figures from 1 to 10 that continue endlessly, over which is a single, simple, and familiar object. The unexpected object recalls an unconscious memory. Oh Se-Yeol has adopted a simple pictorial language, in which each symbol is open to interpretation. In contrast, the figures are consciously viewed as the element that regulates the lives of human beings from birth to death.

Although he values Korean art and culture, he never uses the aesthetic codes of his contemporaries but has instead invented a unique style.

Personal exhibitions

2017 - Oh Se-Yeol: Innocent Eyes, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 

- Haeden Museum of Art, Incheon, South korea

– Oh Se-Yeol: Semiotic Metaphors, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2016 – The Layers of Memory, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai, China

– Art Issue Projects, Taipei, Taïwan

– The Layers of Memory, Pontone Gallery, London, UK

– The Layers of Memory, Centre de la culture coréenne, Brussels Belgium

– The Layers of Memory, Centre de la culture coréenne, Paris, France

2015 – Oh, Se-Yeol – Recent Artworks, Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris, France

2008 – Wellside Gallery, Seoul,South Korea

2000 – Wellside Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1997 – Gallery Yeh, Seoul, South Korea

1991 – Gallery Yeh, Seoul, South Korea

1987 – Garam Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1986 Jean Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1984 – Jean Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1982 – Shinsegae Museum, Seoul, South Korea

1977 – Munwha Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1975 – Chosun Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Public exhibitions

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon,South Korea

National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, South Korea

Leeum Museum , Seoul, South Korea

Daejon art Museum, South Korea

Han-Kook IIbo, Seoul, South Korea

Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles,USA

Selected works