Lee, Sea-Hyun b.1976 / Between Red 059
about this work
Since his graduation from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2006, Lee Sea-Hyun has been successfully developing his signature scarlet landscapes, gaining a growing recognition in the international art world. Lee's mesmerizing landscapes are a kind of schematic diagrams telling multiple things about Korea and her culture. To most Koreans, especially a generation who received a heavy anti-communist education including the artist himself, 'red' immediately manifests a social taboo. Lee's ongoing Between Red series began with depicting the Demilitarized Zone, known as DMZ that cuts across the Korean Peninsula, acting as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Then he went on to combine it with Korean traditional scenery disappearing due to rampant development. Between Red, featured here, comments on his reality living in a divided nation and provides the viewer with an opportunity to re-illuminate beautiful mountains overshadowed by high rise buildings. It also gives the viewer a dazzling visual impact close to a hallucination. It is effectively achieved through eye-catching red color and manipulation of perspective. Lee incorporated the Asian tradition of flat landscape with traditional Western perspective. Mixed together, it brings an uncanny effect with individual patches of perspective landscape set against a larger stretch of flat non-perspective one and evokes within the viewer psychological fear and longing.

Sea-Hyun Lee (b.1976, Korea)

Between Red 059, 2008

Oil on linen
200 x 250 cm
78 3/4 x 98 7/16 in.
Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New-York, USA Current Location:
USA - New Jersey S - Crozier PaintingFar East


Between Red
Nicholas Robinson Gallery, NY, USA
April 2011 - May 2011

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