Lee Jae Sam


About The Artist

Lee Jae Sam (b.1960) from Korea graduated from Gangnung National University in Korea with a degree in Fine Arts (1984) and later pursued a Master's degree at Hongik University in Korea (1989). A true artist at heart, he believes that a painting is an endless journey of confession and monologue. His renowned charcoal-on-canvas works use charcoal to reflect his moral self-consciousness, which is his idea of returning to the very fundamentals of painting. The charcoal texture in his works absorbs all the light around it, bringing out its richness and depth, and revealing the layers of colour held within. Lee calls his charcoal 'black jelly' because the monotones of charcoal do in fact contain various colours on the inside. Emanating stillness and serenity, the darkness from the images of his works often brings about an air of cleansing calm to those who view it, and a quiet energy of balance.

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Lee takes inspiration from aspects of nature such as wind and moonlight. He also examines negativity and the space between objects where there are no rigid lines or darkness - he attempts to grasp boundaries between objects in his artistic practice. However, his projects do not mean an escape from reality by desertion or corruption of visible meanings. Rather, his projects are more persuasive for the fact that they seek and embrace transcendence in reality.


Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan



SETEC, Seoul, Korea
JANGHEUNG Art Park, Yangju, Korea

Simply Beautiful Kunsthaus Centre
PasquArt Centre d'Art, Biel/Bienne

IEYOUNG Contemporary Art Museum, Youngin, Korea

POSCO Art Museum, Seoul, Korea


"A Scene from A Memory: A Group Exhibition" featuring 16 Korean Artists at Ode to Art Contemporary
Various Artists
A Scene From A Memory -- "A Scene from a Memory" is set to be an unforgettable stamp of the Korean contemporary art scene in Singapore. With a roster of 16 internationally exhibited artists who have redefined the concept of scenery in their individual styles, the exhibition will showcase a unique, unexpected, and pleasantly surprising array of artworks that will transform how the audience perceive nature and their surroundings. From Jung Kwang Sik's aerial view of landscape carved on black granite to Lee Lee Nam's moving paintings on LED screens, and from Park Seung Mo's clever layering of individually cut steel mesh to Bahk Seon Ghi's floating charcoal pieces, the exhibition seeks to explore the boundless representations of sceneries and the objects that constitute them. In the end, it is when the viewer interacts with the scenery that the real representation begins. Date: 9 -- 15 May 2013 Artists: Bahk Seon Ghi, Cheong Kwang Ho, Choi Young Wook, Jung Kwang Sik, Kim Jong Hak, Kim Joon, Kong Sung Hoon, Lee Jae Hyo, Lee Hee Joong, Lee Jae Sam, Lee Lee Nam, Park Seung Mo, Park Sung Tae, Son Bong Chae, Yoo Bong Sang, Yoo Seung Ho

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