b.1976, South Korea
Woo Kukwon currently lives and works in Seoul. His work focuses on the gap between reality and fantasy, working mainly with oil paints as well as drawings on paper and installations.
Woo was exposed to the heavy subject of life and death at a far too early age, pushing him to hide away from reality and into the fantasy-filled story world. After growing up, he discovered the cruelty hidden behind seemingly beautiful fairy tales, making him re-interpret the world from a new perspective driving him to investigate philosophy and religion. In the same vein, the Three “B” (Beautiful, Baby, Best) always coexist with the death motif in his works. The equivocal co-existence of reality and fantasy called upon the artist to seek truth in fairy tales, humour in philosophy and freedom in the bible.
Woo's early works mainly consisted of roughly scratched paintings, expressing the raw dangers of a wandering ego. His more recent works evolved into a more stable form expressed through the build-up of thick layers of paint into a rich material. Woo Kukwon's work combines cruel fairy tale scenes and roughly scribbled famous words with his natural gift of colour, creating a unique genre that mixes Pop Art and Figurative Art.
Woo is a promising artist who was selected as one of the 20 artists for the 32nd JoongAng Fine Arts Prize, which is one of Korea's most important awards. He has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2009. His art piece has been collected at Culture Convenience Club, a Japanese company that operates Tsutaya, a nationwide bookstore in Japan. Furthermore, his paintings have been collected at various museums in Korea, such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul National University Museum of Art, etc.
Selected Solo Exhibitions include "Woo Kukwon Solo Show", Lee Eugean Gallery,2014; "REDEEMED", Gallery BK, 2017, "Querencia", PYO Gallery,2018; "Art Plage", Lotte Gallery, 2018; "Third Time Lucky", Gallery BK, 2018; "JEREMIAH WAS A BULLFROG", Lotte Gallery, 2020 etc. Selected Group Exhibitions include "Moa Invite", Seoul National University Art Museum; "Korea Tomorrow", Seoul Arts Center, 2013 and "Story Shower", Kolon Space K Museum, 2015 etc.
Woo Kukwon Solo Exhibition - Carnival
Curated by Park Soojeun
5.5 - 6.11, 2022