Lee Kang-hyo

Lee Kang-hyo has spent more than 30 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. Many of these ceramicists simply became reproduction artists copying historical items. Lee, however, did not. He had originally wanted to become a painter and as he 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 in the manner of Jackson Pollock’s “action painting”.

 

Lee Kang-hyo's work is 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

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain

- Water #54, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 × 52 × 5 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain

- Water #53, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 × 52 × 5 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #59, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 × 52 × 5 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #57, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 × 52 × 5 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #61, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 × 52 × 5 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #CF2, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 × 52 × 5 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Mountain Water #50, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

44 × 53 × 24 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Jar I, 2017

Clay, Buncheong

37 × 41 × 21 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Moon Jar #34, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

43 × 42 × 42 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Moon Jar #35, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

45 × 45 × 45 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Vase #24, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

31 × 17 × 17 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Vase #19, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

17 × 15 × 15 cm

Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Vase #16, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

32 × 20 × 20 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Vase #21, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

23 x 20 x 20 cm 

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Big Bottle - The Wind #27, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

66 × 22 × 22 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Big Bottle - The Sky #29, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

55 × 24 × 24 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong Mountain

- Water #56, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 × 52 × 5 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #57, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 × 52 × 5 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Wall Piece Buncheong The Sky #CF1, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

52 x 52 x 5 cm 

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Mountain Water #51, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

44 × 53 × 24 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Moon Jar #33, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

48 × 48 × 46 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Vase #26, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

40 × 19 × 19 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo

Buncheong Vase #25, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

34 × 16 × 16 cm

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Lee Kang-Hyo 

Buncheong Big Bottle - The Sky #28, 2018

Clay, Buncheong

53 × 23 × 23 cm

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