Ian Lee: Abstract calligraphy, written without brush
Korean painter Ian Lee does his abstract calligraphic work with his hands alone, abandoning the brush for more direct contact with his materials. But this art exists as more than a simple hybrid or forced assembly of very different cultures. Lee sets a new precedent for an art whose expressiveness, rooted in the history of Korean art, advances towards an expression which is at least partly indebted to Western painting of the last generations.
It is interesting to speculate on the importance of borrowing in an imaginative and stylistic sense in Lee's art; the internationalization of methods makes it difficult to identify Korean influence and Western art begins.
Lee explores continuities and differences and combines them in remarkable art.
Grand Diptyque 2017
2x 41 x 120