Lee Kang-Hyo

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Lee Kang-Hyo (b. 1961) was born in Korea and has spent 40 years endeavoring to interpret the Korean Buncheong in his own way. During the 1970s and 1980s many novice ceramicists looked to the past to modernize Korean ceramics. Lee was no exception. At the time, Korea was in the process of reinterpreting its cultural assets, including ceramics. As Lee gradually mastered the skill of applying liquefied white clay to the surface of vessels and large platters, he learned to treat ceramic surfaces like paper for ink brush painting. The marks he creates are comparable to landscapes depicting Korea’s four distinct seasons. For centuries, landscapes were explored before they were painted. Their memory was brought back to the artist’s studio and then captured on paper. Lee follows this practice. For Koreans, landscapes are spaces to be encountered and experienced rather than subjects to be observed for replication. Lee is internationally renowned. Recently he has conducted clay performances involving the making of large storage jars followed by splashing with liquefied clay mixtures. Lee Kang-Hyo’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres, France; Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, Korea and more.

Selected Works

Lee Kang-Hyo, Buncheong Oval Bottle, 2018, Buncheong ceramics, 29 x 24 x 20 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo

Buncheong Oval Bottle, 2018

Buncheong ceramics

29 x 24 x 20 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain -

Water #54, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece, Buncheong The Sky #59, 2018 Buncheong ceramic, 52 × 52 × 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #59, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Buncheong Moon Jar #33, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 48 × 48 × 46 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Buncheong Moon Jar #33, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

48 × 48 × 46 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain - Water #53, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 × 52 × 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain -

Water #53, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece, Buncheong The Sky #57, 2018 Buncheong ceramic, 52 × 52 × 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #57, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Buncheong Moon Jar #34, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 43 x 42 x 42 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo

Buncheong Moon Jar #34, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

43 x 42 x 42 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain - Water #56, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 × 52 × 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain -

Water #56, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #58, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 × 52 × 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #58, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #61, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 × 52 × 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #61, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong - Campfire 3, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 x 52 x 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo

Wall Piece Buncheong - Campfire 3, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 x 52 x 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #CF2, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 × 52 × 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #CF2, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain - Water #55, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 x 52 x 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo

 

Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain - Water #55, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 x 52 x 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #CF1, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 × 52 × 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #CF1, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 x 52 x 5 cm 

Lee Kang-Hyo, Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #60, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 52 x 52 x 5 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo

 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #60, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

52 x 52 x 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Buncheong Mountain Water #50, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 44 × 53 × 24 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Buncheong Mountain Water #50, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

44 × 53 × 24 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Buncheong Mountain Water #51, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 44 × 53 × 24 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo 

 

Buncheong Mountain Water #51, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

44 × 53 × 24 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Buncheong Mountain Water #52, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 44 x 53 x 24 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo

Buncheong Mountain Water #52, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

44 x 53 x 24 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Buncheong Moon Jar #35, 2018, Buncheong ceramic, 45 x 45 x 45 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo

 

Buncheong Moon Jar #35, 2018

Buncheong ceramic

45 x 45 x 45 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo, Buncheong Moon Jar #36, 2018, Buncheong ceramic and white slip, 48 x 47 x 47 cm

 

Lee Kang-Hyo

 

Buncheong Moon Jar #36, 2018

Buncheong ceramic and white slip

48 x 47 x 47 cm