Lee Jung Woong, ‘Brush’, Ode to Art

About Lee Jung Woong

Korean artist Lee Jung Woong is best known for his meticulous trompe-l’oeil oil paintings on Korean rice paper that depict traditional Chinese brushes saturated with ebony ink. The hyperrealistic, reflexive works both celebrate and question the incessant influence of traditional Chinese painting on contemporary Asian art. Lee’s perfectly rendered brushes, shadows, and splatters—reproduced at a larger-than-life scale on massive canvases—imbue his work with a humorous, pop art-inspired quality that connects ancient techniques to contemporary perspectives.

Korean, b. 1963, Wooleung-Gun, South Korea