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at his studio in 2005

 

 
 

 

 

 

Master painter Hyuck Lim Jeon is called a “magician of colors” or “painter of the sea.” The pioneer in Korean color field abstraction has had free access to both representationism and non-representationism and established his own sphere in the formative arts.

He was born in 1916 and is one of the existing great painting magnates who have survived a variety of cultural tribulations and fluctuations in the modern age. He seriously started his career as a painter when he presented his works such as 'mythic seashore' and 'moonlight' to the Busan Art Exhibition in 1938. Compared to ordinary painters from local regions, who are inclined to be conservative, Jeon is one of the few artists who have intention to express traditions by using avant-garde formative techniques of modern art. His desire for experiments has led him to trials to enlarge his own artistic sphere and indulge in the diffusion of vivid life. He established Tong-yeong Cultural Association* in 1945 in cooperation with Chi-hwan Yu, I-sang Yun, Chun-su Kim and others in the aftermath of the Korean emancipation for the Japanese colonial rule and in the vortex of many immediately subsequent tribulations. After the Korean War, Hyuck Lim Jeon won the special award in the National Art Exhibition while leading a wandering life in Busan. The painting circles in Busan enabled Jeon to establish his stronghold as an artist. In the 1950s, he introduced for the first time to Busan atypical paintings whose exponents include Informel. Jeon is none other than the pioneer of modern and contemporary arts in Busan and non-representational paintings in the Yeongnam region.

He has kept a distance from the "central" circles of painters, paid no attention to academic affiliation (it is an evil in the art circles), and made no compromise with temporary vogues, but silently constructed his own dominion of art colors and landscape in his hometown. The works of this old painter, whose age passed well over 90, still attract many artists to his unique world, while growing increasingly and mystically mature. In addition, his spirit to explore the art world knows no rest in pursuing another formative art world on a different dimension. Jeon is still glaring with his untiring curiosity, enthusiasm, ardor, and love for the beauty and aesthetics.

* Tong-yeong Cultural Association

This association was organized by the most advanced forerunners in the fields of literature, music and art at that time such as Chi Hwan Yu, I Sang Yun, Chun Su Kim, and Hyuck Lim Jeon, with a view to enlighten the public. It offered the people opportunities to attend literary lectures, artistic exhibitions, and Korean language classes. It also searched for and performed Korean traditional dances and organized troupes. The troupes staged original and adapted plays and toured to Masan and Jinju and other neighboring cities to perform the plays, since the members of the theatrical companies enshrined in their bosom this slogan: ‘Let us nurture our national ethos through cultural movements in our freed fatherland.’

January 21, 1916    Born in Chungmu, South Gyeongsang Province, Korea

1929       Graduated from Tongyeong Elementary School

1933       Graduated from Tongyeong Marine Professional School

1938       Sent his works entitled "Mythic Beach," "Nude," and "Moonlight" to the 1938 Art Exhibition held

              in Busan

1945       Founded the Tongyeong Cultural Association in cooperation with Kim Sang-ok, Kim Chun-su,

              Yu Chi-hwan, and Yun I-sang

1947       Sent his works to an exhibition hosted by the South Gyeongsang Province Art Research

              Association

1949       His painting accepted for the First National Art Exhibition

1952       Hosted his first personal exhibition at Mildawon in Busan, and a four-man exhibition

              at a coffee house called "Hosim" in Tongyeong in cooperation with Yu Gang-ryeol,

              Yi Jung-seop, and Jang Yun-seong

1953       Sent his work entitled "Marsh" to the Second National Art Exhibition where he was awarded

              the Minister of Education Prize

1955       His painting specially selected for the Fourth National Art Exhibition

1956-62  Conducted a ceramics research---participated in a research into a possibility of ceramics

              coloration and an experimental production of colored porcelain (under the auspices of the

              Korea Ceramics in Busan)

1962       Sent his work to the National Art Exhibition without passing through a prior inspection

              Awarded the Fifth Busan City Cultural Prize (the Artistic Creation Prize)

1965       Sent his work to an international free art exhibition held in Tokyo, Japan

              Sent his work to an exhibition commemorating the March First Independence Movement

               hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Public Information

              Hosted a personal exhibition in Busan in March

1969       Hosted his first personal exhibition of paintings and ceramics at the Seoul National Public

               Information Center

              Hosted a ceramics exhibition at the gallery of Busan Commercial Bank

1970       Hosted a personal exhibition of drawings and oil paintings in Jinhae

1971       Hosted the second exhibition of paintings and ceramics at Cosmos Department Store in Seoul

              between June 25 and July 3

1974       Hosted a personal exhibition in Busan in January

              Hosted a personal invitation exhibition at Spring and Fall Gallery in Seoul in November

1975       Hosted a personal invitation exhibition of minor works at Space Gallery in Busan

1976       Hosted an exhibition of paintings and ceramics at Master Gallery in Busan

1977       Hosted a personal invitation exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Tongyeong

              Fisheries Professional School at a coffee house called "Hosim" in Chungmu

              Hosted a three-man invitation exhibition at Suro Gallery in Busan

1979       Hosted a five-man invitation exhibition at Ye Gallery in Seoul

1980       Sent his work to the "invitation exhibition for contemporary artists in 1980" planned by the

              National Museum of Contemporary Art

1981       Sent his work to an "exhibition for Korean nature" planned by the National Museum of

              Contemporary Art

              Sent his work to a "charity art exhibition for physically handicapped people" hosted by the

              Korean Broadcasting System

              Hosted a personal invitation exhibition at Spring and Fall Gallery in Seoul

              between November 26 and December 2

1982       Sent his work to an "exhibition to raise funds for the construction of the Independence Hall"

              hosted by the National Museum of Contemporary Art

1983       Hosted a personal invitation exhibition of oil paintings and ceramics at Fountain Site Gallery

              in Seoul between April 15 and 24

              Sent his work to the "invitation exhibition for contemporary art in 1983" planned by the National

              Museum of Contemporary Art

1984       Served as an examiner at the Korea Great Art Exhibition

              Hosted a personal invitation exhibition of oil paintings and ceramics at Fountain Site Gallery

              in Seoul between November 8 and 17

              Served as an examiner at the South Gyeongsang Province Great Art Exhibition

              Awarded the Chungmu City Cultural Prize

              Participated in an "invitation exhibition of Western pictures featuring mountains" planned by

              Shinsegae Art Museum

              Sent his work to an "exhibition for the Korean Fine Art Association"  planned by the National

              Museum of Contemporary Art

1985       Sent his work to an "exhibition for the Korean Fine Art Association"  planned by the National

              Museum of Contemporary Art

              Sent his work to the "invitation exhibition for contemporary art in 1985" planned by the National

              Museum of Contemporary Art

              Hosted an invitation exhibition of cubic paintings produced by Hyuck-lim Jeon at Fountain Site

              Gallery in Seoul

1986       Participated in the First Seoul Art Fair as an artist from Fountain Site Gallery

              Sent his work to the "exhibition for yesterday and today of Korean contemporary art" planned

              by the National Museum of Contemporary Art

1987       A collection of his paintings entitled "Hyuck-lim Jeon" published by Ye-mun Co., Ltd.

1988       Trip to foreign countries (India, Egypt, Greece, UK, France, etc.)  for artistic purposes

              Sent his work to the "invitation exhibition for contemporary art in1988" planned by the National

              Museum of Contemporary Art

              Hosted an invitation exhibition at Maek-hyang Gallery in Seoul between March 17 and 28

              Hosted a personal exhibition at Space Gallery in New York, U.S.A.

1989       Attended a personal invitation exhibition at Hoam Gallery hosted by Joongang Ilbo between

              October 25 and November 13

1990       Hosted a personal exhibition at Fountain Site Gallery and Busan Gallery World between

              November 15 and 24

              Attended the Tokyo Art Fair

              Sent his work to an "exhibition featuring today's situation of Korean art" celebrating the

              opening of the art museum belonging to Seoul Art Center

              Made a trip to Mt. Baekdu via China as a participant in the "exhibition for the actual view of

              Mt. Baekdu" planned by Dong-a Ilbo in August

1991       Sent his work to the "exhibition of new collections in 1990"  planned by the National Museum

              of Contemporary Art

              Sent his work to an "exhibition for the actual view of Mt. Baekdu"  hosted by Dong-a Ilbo

1992       Hosted a personal exhibition at the art museum belonging to  Chosun Ilbo between

              June 2 and 11

              Sent his work to an "exhibition of paintings produced by senior artists" planned by the

              National Museum of Contemporary Art

              Sent his work to the "invitation exhibition for contemporary art in 1992" planned by the National

              Museum of Contemporary Art

              A collection of his paintings entitled "Hyuck-lim Jeon" published by Uri Art Research Institute

              Enthroned to the position of the head of the South Gyeongsang Province Great Art Exhibition

1993       Invited to send his works to an "exhibition of contemporary art" celebrating the opening of the

              whole precincts of Seoul Art Center  

              Sent his work to an exhibition at Tokyo Art Museum managed by the International Artexchange

              Association

              Invited to send his works to an "exhibition for interpreting devil posts" planned by Seonam Art

              Museum

              Enthroned to the position of the head of the South Gyeongsang Province Great Art Exhibition

1994       Sent his work to the "Seoul International Contemporary Art"  exhibition hosted by the National

              Museum of Contemporary Art

              A collection of his paintings published by Dong-a Ilbo

              Hosted a personal exhibition at Ilmin Cultural Center between June 7 and 18

              Sent his work to the "exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the peasants'

              revolution in 1894" hosted by Seoul Art Center

1995       Sent his work to an "exhibition for Korean contemporary art in Beijing" hosted by the Chinese

              Art Museum in Beijing, China

              Sent his work to an "exhibition of today's works" hosted by Seonjae Art Museum

1996       Sent his work to an "exhibition of beautiful dinosaurs in the 21st  century" hosted by Seoul Art

              Center

              Awarded an Order of Cultural Merits of Republic of Korea

1997       Hosted a personal exhibition at Sun Gallery between October 21 and November 1

1999       Hosted a personal invitation exhibition at Space Gallery in Busan

              Attended a personal invitation exhibition hosted by Masan Munhwa Broadcasting Center

2000       Awarded the Ilmaek Cultural Prize conferred by Busan Ilmaek Cultural Foundation

2001       Sent his work to an "exhibition of the drawings produced by senior artists so-called 'a play

              with hands'" planned by the National Museum of Contemporary Art

2002       Sent his chosen work entitled "Marsh" (produced in 1953) to the  "exhibition of 100 selected

              Korean modern paintings" hosted by the National Museum of Contemporary Art

              Hosted the "exhibition for Hyuck-lim Jeon, the artist of the year" at  the National Museum of

              Contemporary Art

2003       Hosted the "exhibition for Hyuck-lim Jeon aged 88" at I-yeong Art Museum in Suwon

              Hosted the "exhibition celebrating the 88th birthday of Hyuck-lim Jeon" at I-yeong Art Museum

              in Suwon

2004       Hosted the "exhibition celebrating the 88th birthday of Hyuck-lim Jeon" at Hyuck-lim Jeon Art

              Museum

2005       Sent his work to an international art fair in Korea held at Samsung COEX in Seoul

              Hosted the "exhibition for new works 90years old still young" at  I-yeong Art Museum in Suwon

2006       Attended a special invitation exhibition for establishment of Masan

              MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Centre) in the 37th anniversary

 

 

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