Born: 1944, Sam-Rye Jeollabuk-do / Died: 2012, Ilsan Goyang-si / Education: Sogang University, Department of History /Taught: Formed a group called ‘On-Geut Hoe’ for painters and general public and taught ink-and-wash painting and folk painting
Private Exhibition 1996 Ink-and-Wash Jin-Chae Exhibition(Garam Gallery, Seoul) 2001 Yoo Yangok Exhibition(Hak-Gojae Gallery, Seoul) 2002 The World Cup Commemoration Yoo Yangok Exhibition(Jeju Silla Hotel, Jeju) 2003 Private Exhibition (Romanee Conti the wine place, Seoul) 2005 NHK Hall Tale of Seoul in Pictures(Osaka, Japan)
Gaje Gallery Private Exhibition(Osaka, Japan) 2007 Let’s paint our own picture (Gum-san Gallery, Paju Hei-li)
Picnic(Cho An-jun Gallery, Seoul)
Between the trees(Seoul)
Craft A-won Private Exhibition(Seoul) 2008 Yoo Yangok Invitation Exhibit (ZeinXeno, Seoul)
Yoo Yankon Greem-pan (Gong-Pyong Art Space, Seoul) 2009 Private Exhibition(M Gallery, Seoul) 2012 Yoo Yangok Exhibition of books and art poster donated by Master Yoo’s family
(Kim Dal-jin Museum of Fine Arts Reference, Seoul)
Anti- Personnel Landmine Exhibition (1999, Gana Art, Seoul)
Exhibition with Talk (2002, In The Gallery, Yang-pyong)
Exhibition of Six in June(2003, Kwan-hoon Gallery, Seoul)
Book X Art Exhibition(2005, Gallery Books, Seoul)
60 Years Commemoration Exhibition (2007, Mok-in Gallery, Seoul)
Exhibition of Twenty-One who loved Insa-dong(2007, Gallery Tree, Hei-li)
The Spring Day, Print by 22 artists (2008, Gallery Tree, Hei-li)
The old friends Exhibition (Gallery Yukyung)
Beauty of Korean Crafts(the National Assembly Building)
Portrait of Jang Wook-jin(2011, Home of jang Wook-jin, Yong-in)
Hotel Amiga “Banchado” A painting of manual of the royal protocol or state event(Seoul, Korea)
Cheongwadae, the Blue House The Mural on west side of wall “Hwaseong Neung hang do”
A painting of the Joseon Dynasty's King Jeongjo's processiom to Hwaseong to visit his father's tomb (Seoul, Korea)
National Traditional Music school The Mural on music hall “PoongryuGangsan”
A painting of the enjoy the singing, dancing and writing poem in beautiful place(Seoul, Korea)
Hyoja-dong Sarang bang “Cultural Landscape of Han-yang Geography”(Seoul, Korea)
Gong-ju Folk Drama Museum “Painting of Mountain Spirit”(Gong-ju, Korea)
Gan-song Art Department “Peony and Rocks of fantastic shape” (Seoul, Korea)
The Beautiful Stores The Mural on outside of wall “Our Town”(Seoul, Korea)
Jeju University “Mother of Jeju”(Jeju, Korea)
Smithsonian Museum “Korean Painting of Flowers and Birds)(USA)
Asian Art Museum “Japanese Apricot Blossom”(USA)
Japan Osaka Korean Cultural Institute“Peony and Rocks of fantastic shape” ( Osaka, Japan)
MASTER YOO YANGOK(1944-2012) WAS A PAINTER WHO EXPRESSED HIS VERY UNIQUE ART WORLD IN MEDIUMS AND TECHNIQUES THAT ARE VERY KOREAN.
He suddenly started to paint after he turned 40, giving up his lifelong occupation. Since he never enrolled in any kind of fine arts school, he painted everyday for the next 10 years of his life. As if trying to make up for the time that he lost, he constantly painted what he had been holding inside.
He was interested in finding the root of Korean traditional painting, Jin-Chae Hwa; a deep-color pigment painting. This painting was a big part of Korean culture until Korea was occupied by Japan. The reason that Jin-Chae Hwa disappeared from Korean history is not yet known. Perhaps Koreans turned their eyes to new things or because Jin-Chae Hwa was very similar to Japanese painting, many Korean scholars began to refrain from using it.
Whatever the reasons were, Jin-Chae Hwa was forgotten and Master Yoo wanted to bring back the history and the glory of Jin-Chae Hwa.
He read many old Chinese documents and literature to learn about Jin-Chae Hwa and went to many places and met with many artists who could help him know more about Jin-Chae Hwa. He believed that bringing back the original techniques and materials that were used in Jin-Chae Hwa was the most important part of finding the root of this style of painting. His passion for Jin-Chae Hwa was so great that he did not hesitate to go the extra mile even if it meant to go to the top of the mountains or to remote islands to find just a one single paint color. He did not want to compromise the integrity of Jin-Chae Hwa.
He insisted and loved using the old techniques and genuine paint colors that he acquired the knowledge of to paint his own paintings. He strongly believed that it is our duty and responsibility to recover and to preserve our precious traditions including Jin-Chae Hwa which were damaged heavily during the time of Japanese occupation.
He wanted to portray art in its natural or raw form. He would not stand to use short-cuts in his works and would rather sacrifice his time and energy to create the purest, most unadulterated kind of art. The result is a world filled with the fun and bright light of innocence as if looking at nature through the eyes of a child. He wanted to pursue that view in his works by using bright paint colors and powerful strokes even when his physical body was growing weaker with pain due to illness.
Even though it is not possible to see Master Yoo in person any longer, through his works, I hope you could meet him as a painter who is still communicating with others and sees the world in the eyes of a child.