The world the artist observed, after a period of isolation, is one where people are poisoned by their obsessive or addictive relations to one another. At first, under the theme of addiction, the artist represented his study of delicate relationships based on mutual feelings between people such as love, disbelief, and revenge. Furthermore, as part of the process of his study of psychological states in more objective and universal circumstances, he depicted scenes of a large number of anonymous crowds in 《Nan》


  • Title: Nan-Orchid.
  • Creator: Yang, Dae Won, 양대원
  • Date Created: 2001
  • Physical Dimensions: w1500 x h1700 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Korean paper, glue, acrylic, soil on cotton.
  • Critic's Note: The distinguished difference between Yang and other artists of his time can be found in the fact that his works form a clear identity with a pertinent combination of all the factors of paintings such as theme, composition and technique. There are three points that support this claim: First, the artist’s existential outlook influenced the social theme of his work; and secondly, by creating a figure with a strong personality called Dongulin(round man). His work has formality, maintaining the simple and symbolic expression of abstract painting, and he accomplished a unique technique based on his understanding of materials while maintaining the two dimensional nature of painting. Such elements continue to allow multi-perspective readings of the aritst's work. Yang Dae Won’s painting gives a pleasurable reading on contemporary art. Certainly his painting is far from those who just fell into mannerism and become technical paintings, or those who just mimic certain international art trends without any sense of sovereignty, and in this way, his work should be seen as very distinct from the problematic tendencies in recent painting. After accomplishing his own firm artistic language, he has now acquired a contemplative space to convey stories about our times. Indeed, true contemporary art that contains the spirit of the times is born when the artist reflects his perspectives about current time and puts it into his work in a formative method and defines it. If you can agree with the definition of the artist as a person who silently goes with the changes of time and naturally incorporates the images of the world as seen in the layers of his own experiences, Yang Dae Won is probably one of the most hardworking and sincere artists. He once mentioned that someday he would like to make a book with his work about the themes that he has been dealing with in his solo exhibitions. When the book is published, we might be able to see the images of the world that reflects the full spectrum of the artist’s life. Wouldn’t the result be a reflection of the artist’s identity and existence?
  • Aritist's Education: Sejong University. Korea. M.F.A., Painting.

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