On its final stop before it heads back to Korea, the calligraphy-laced paintings of a celebrated contemporary artist are on display at the University of Mary Washington Galleries in Park Dae Sung: Ink Reimagined.
The exhibit, on view at both UMW’s Ridderhof Martin and duPont galleries, includes nearly 40 works on paper, some of which are incredibly large, up to 32 feet wide and 13 feet high. The collection “is a testament to the artist’s innovative spirit and remarkable skill,” the Mary Washington press release says.
The UMW exhibit was curated for UMW by Associate Professor of Art History Suzie Kim, with support from the Korea Foundation and the Gana Foundation for Arts and Culture. Related exhibits have been on view since late last year at Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, the Korea Institute at Harvard and the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University.
Born in 1945, Park Dae Sung lost both parents and his left arm in an attack by North Korean sympathizers during the Korean War. He turned to painting and calligraphy for healing.
“Park possesses a profound mastery of traditional ink painting that he demonstrates in modern and imaginative interpretations of the natural world,” the UMW press release states. “Through his art, he transforms familiar Korean landscapes into vibrant, awe-inspiring compositions.”
“Park Dae Sung: Ink Reimagined” is on display through Dec. 10. Admission is free and tours are available.