Buyeo, b.1950

Lim Ok Sang

Lim Ok Sang, born in 1950 in Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea. Following his graduation from Seoul National University with a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Painting, Lim graduated from École d’art d’Angoulême, Angoulême in France. He then taught at the Jeonju University, Korea for a decade.

Lim has had over nineteen solo exhibitions including Samsung Hoam Museum, Alternative Museum and Gana Art Gallery and has participates in over hundred group exhibitions including Venice Biennale, Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gwangju Biennale and Beijing Biennale since 1970. His work is in the collections of the Korea National Museum, Seoul Museum of Art, Samsung Museum, and his work, Standing in the Square-commemorating candlelight Revolution is displayed on the wall of the Sejong Room of the Blue House. He works, too, as an art director...

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Biography

Lim Ok Sang, born in 1950 in Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea. Following his graduation from Seoul National University with a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Painting, Lim graduated from École d’art d’Angoulême, Angoulême in France. He then taught at the Jeonju University, Korea for a decade.

Lim has had over nineteen solo exhibitions including Samsung Hoam Museum, Alternative Museum and Gana Art Gallery and has participates in over hundred group exhibitions including Venice Biennale, Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gwangju Biennale and Beijing Biennale since 1970. His work is in the collections of the Korea National Museum, Seoul Museum of Art, Samsung Museum, and his work, Standing in the Square-commemorating candlelight Revolution is displayed on the wall of the Sejong Room of the Blue House. He works, too, as an art director or coordinator for World Ceramic Biennale in Gyeonggi province, “Nanjang in June” of Korea Democracy Foundation, Hi-Seoul Festival, Korean Federation for Environment Movement, Korea Green Foundation, Beautiful Store, President of the World Script Institute and Performance in Gwanghwamoon square.

The artist is celebrated as one of the leading artists of the Minjung movement in Korea and for work. He was one of the founders of a critical journal, “Reality and Utterance” that coincided with the beginning of the Minjung movement.

Lim is an artist adept at expression in many different mediums. Other than writing, paint, and metal the artist also has used paper and clay to form large scale figures that poignantly express the nature of mortality, the vulnerability and plight of the individual and humanity. The emphasis of his work has not only to speak out against injustice and the forces of destruction, but to make one aware of the value of life and the importance of preserving and caring for the environment in which we live.

Artworks

23

Heurk C1, 2018

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Art of the 1980s / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Broad Brushstrokes / Buyeo / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Korean Art / Corten Steel / Earth/Soil / France / Gwangju / Human Nature/Existence / Inequality/Injustice / Ink / Inspiration from Nature / Jeonju / Korean Art / Landscape Painting / Learning from Different Cultures / Minjung Art / Minjung Misul / Modern and Contemporary Korean History / Nature / Painting / Primary Colors / Resistance against Authority / South Korea / Vitality

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1986

    Graduated from École d’art d’Angoulême, Angoulême, France

  • 1974

    MFA, Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul

  • 1972

    BFA, Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    SA+, Hong Kong

  • 2017

    CMay Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Gana Art Center, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Contemporary Arts Reflection on an Ancient Kingdom Silla, Gyeongju National Museum, Gyueongju, Korea 

  • Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2018, Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, Korea 

  • SeMA 30th Anniversary Exhibition , Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 

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Education

  • 1986

    Graduated from École d’art d’Angoulême, Angoulême, France

  • 1974

    MFA, Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul

  • 1972

    BFA, Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    SA+, Hong Kong

  • 2017

    CMay Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Gana Art Center, Seoul

  • 2015

    May Hall, Gwangju, Korea

  • 2013

    Nowon Arts Center, Seoul

  • 2011

    Gana Art Center, Seoul

  • 2005

    Gallery Hana, Kronberg, Germany

  • 2003

    Gallery Pyundonamu, Seoul

  • 2002

    Insa Art Center, Seoul

  • 2001

    Korea Art Gallery, Busan, Korea

  • 2000

    Gana Art Center, Seoul 

  • Orchard Gallery, Derry, United Kingdom 

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Contemporary Arts Reflection on an Ancient Kingdom Silla, Gyeongju National Museum, Gyueongju, Korea 

  • Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2018, Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, Korea 

  • SeMA 30th Anniversary Exhibition , Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 

  • Language sur le toile, Jungnang Art Center, Seoul 

  • April Flower Remembering Culture Festival, Arario Museum, Jeju, Korea 

  • 4.3 70th Anniversary East Asian Peace Human Rights Exhibition - From Silence to Cry, Jeju 4.3 Peace Memorial Hall, Jeju, Korea 

  • 2017

    A Warm Dinner Table, Artspace Boan1942, Seoul 

  • Korea Tomorrow 2017: Narrative Landscape, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul 

  • The Portrait of Youth, National Museum of Korea Contemporary History, Seoul 

  • PyeongChang Art Banner: All Connected, Olympic Park, Seoul 

  • Keyword Korean Art 2017 Square Art: From Torch to Candlelight, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea 

  • 2016

    Eye and Mind of Korean Contemporary Art II: Reinstatement of Realism, Insa Art Center, Seoul 

  • 6th Imjin River Cultural Art Festival, Nonbat Gallery, Paju, Korea 

  • 2015

    Documentary of Trauma, Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Korea 

  • 70th Anniversary of Independence- Korean Modern and Contemporary Art Special Exhibition, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea 

  • Plastic Myths, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea 

  • 2014

    Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2018, Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, Korea 

  • Three Eyes I Do Have, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul 

  • Neo-Sansu, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea 

  • Art Lounge: Collection, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea 

  • 2013

    Contemporary Age: 30 Years with Artists, Gana Art Center, Seoul 

  • Argonautai, Gana Contemporary, Seoul 

  • Haein Art Project 2013: maum, Haeinsa Museum, Hapcheon, Korea 

  • 2012

    SeMA Gold 2012: Hidden Track, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 

  • Korean Art from the Museum Collection Grand-Narrative Part I, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea 

  • Becoming a Flower and Wind, Seodaemun Prison History Hall, Seoul 

  • Here are People, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea 

  • 2011

    Abstract It!, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul 

  • Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 

  • 2010

    Beijing Biennale, Beijing 

  • Life, Peace, and Dream, Seoul Art Gallery, Seoul 

  • The 30th Anniversary Exhibition of Reality and Utterance, Insa Art Center, Seoul 

  • 2009

    Beginning of New Era, The Old Defense Security Command Site, Organized by National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul 

  • Collection Highlights, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea 

  • 2008

    Busan Biennale - Sea Art Festival, Haeundae, Busan, Korea

  • 2007

    National Highway No.1, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea 

  • Power and Dreams of the Minjung: Chunggwanje People’s Art Collection, Gana Art Center, Seoul 

  • Fragrance of Baekje, Dream of Buyeo, Jeongnimsaji Museum, Buyeo; Bukchon Art Museum, Seoul 

  • 2006

    Korean Art 100 Years: Part II, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea 

  • 2005

    DMZ 2005 International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Paju, Korea 

  • Kinetic Art: Re-reading the Fabre’s Book of Insects, Gail Art Museum, GaPyeong, Korea 

  • Good Pupil from a Lousy Teacher - Kang Tae Sung and Lim Ok Sang, Jeongdong Kyunghyang Gallery, Seoul 

  • 2004

    Beijing Biennale, Beijing 

  • Perspective of Contemporary Art, Sejong Center, Seoul 

  • Peace Declaration 2004. 100 Global Artists, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea 

  • 2003

    Cartoon in Art, Art in Cartoon, Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul 

  • History and Awareness: Dokdo, Seoul National University Museum, Seoul 

  • International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea 

  • 2002

    2002 Collection, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2001

    The 1980’s Realism and the Age, Gana Art Center, Seoul 

  • Korean Art 2001: The Reinstatement of Painting, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea 

  • Spirit of May, ‘Missing’, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea 

  • 2000

    Heyri Art Valley Performance, Heyri Art Valley, Paju, Korea 

  • History and Awareness – Installation Art of 5 Artists, Seoul National University Museum, Seoul 

Public Art Projects

  • 2018

    Farming, Coloring Art: Making Face of Soil, Heuk Salim, Chungbuk, Korea 

  • Let’s Make the Beautiful Country Together, Near Insa Art Center, Seoul 

  • Playground ‘Pulmoogolmoo’, Changsin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 

  • Everyone: Chun Tae-Il Memorial Hall Sculpture, Chun Tae-Il Memorial Hall, Seoul 

  • 2017

    I Love You: Purme Children Rehabilitation Center Sculpture, Purme Foundation Nexon Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, Seoul 

  • Farming, Embracing Art: Heuk Salim 1st Farming Art Festival, Heuk Salim, Chungbuk, Korea 

  • 4th World Script Symposia: Connecting the Character, Seoul YounSeul; Seoullo 7017; Daewoo Foundation Building, Seoul 

  • 2016

    Gwanghwamun Square Candlelight Performance, Gwanghwamun Square; Gyeongbokgung; National Assembly, Seoul (2016 - 2017)

  • The Comfort Women Memorial, Namsan Park, Seoul 

  • Lee Uh Ryung, Chungnam Buyeo High School, Buyeo, Korea 

  • 3rd World Script Symposia: Haengnang, Jongno-gu Nakwon Building, Near Ilsun-dong, Seoul 

  • 2015

    Changsin Sotong Workshop Center: Changsing-dong Re-Yagi, ARKO Art Center, Seoul 

  • Everybody’s Hope: 1st Year of Memorial Service in Sewol Ferry, City Hall Square, Seoul 

  • A New View of Samgaksan, Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul 

  • Lim Ok Sang’s Mureung Mudeong Performance, May Hall, Gwangju, Korea 

  • 2nd World Script Symposia, Jongno-gu Tongeui-dong, Seoul 

  • 2014

    Flowers Fade Before Blooming, Cheonggye Plaza, Seoul 

  • Drawing Seoul, Seoul City Hall Seosomun Garden, Seoul 

  • Alice’s Room (Lim Ok Sang, Seung Hyo Sang), Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Gyeongnam, Korea 

  • The Tree of Peace and Reconciliation, Sejong Center, Seoul 

  • 1st World Script Symposia: Scripts of the World-The Future is Wild!, Sejong Center, Seoul 

  • 2013

    Seoul Energy Tree, Seoul City Hall, Seoul

  • 2012

    Now, It’s a Farming, Sejong Center; Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul 

  • The Flag of Poetry, Shin Dongyeop Literary Museum, Buyeo, Korea 

  • 2011

    Roh Moo-Hyun, Son of the Earth, Bongha Village, Gyeongnam, Korea

  • 2010

    Prism of Hope, Eagon Corporation Building, Incheon, Korea 

  • Think and Think Again, Hwacheon, Kangwon, Korea 

  • The Picture Drawn by Wind, High1 Resort, Kangwon, Korea 

  • The Chusa Kim Jeong Hui Bust, Jeju Chusa Hall, Jeju, Korea 

  • A Dictionary for Words of Happiness, Home Plus Sangdong Store, Bucheon, Korea 

  • Climate Crisis Clock, Copenhagen, Denmark 

  • The World Where People Are Living, Bongha Village, Gyeongnam, Korea 

  • 2009

    Sky in a Bowl, Worldcup Park, Seoul 

  • Discovery of Daily Life, Gyeomjae Jeongseon Memorial Museum, Seoul 

  • Songpa Tree of Hope, Songpa-gu Office, Seoul 

  • Climate Crisis Clock, Copenhagen, Denmark 

  • 385 Doors to Communication, Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture, Incheon, Korea 

  • Land of Light, Pangyo New CIty Sculpture, Pangyo, Korea 

  • Tears of the Penguin: Please Raise It Up, Seoul Climate Change Expo, Seoul

  • 2008

    A Tombstone of Poetry for Moon Ik Hwan’s Words, Hanshin University, Seoul 

  • The Caterpillar’s Dream, The National Assembly Barrier-free Playground, Seoul 

  • Dongchun Raemian Playground, Yongin, Korea 

  • Welcome Rain on the Green, Green Hospital, Seoul 

  • Life, Hwacheon, Kangwon, Korea 

  • Huh Huh Buddha 2, Haeinsa, Gyeongnam, Korea 

  • Nolja (Let’s Play) Project: Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Dobong Seowon Welfare Center, Seoul 

  • 2007

    Huh Huh Buddha, Jeongnimsaji Museum, Buyeo, Korea 

  • Walking Through Clouds, Hwacheon, Kangwon, Korea 

  • The Martyr Lee Jun Bust, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, Seoul 

  • 2006

    Playground - I Am a Magpie, Siheung, Korea 

  • Environmental Doomsday Clock, Lotte Department Store Main Branch, Seoul 

  • Imagination, the Land of Giants/the Caterpillar’s Dream, Seoul Forest Bareer-Free Playground, Seoul 

  • STOP! Co2!, Seoul City Hall Square, Seoul 

  • 100 Years of Bright Candle, Paju, Korea 

  • 2005

    The Street of Jeon Tae-Il, Cheonggye 6-ga, Seoul 

  • The Navel of the World: BOOK THEME PARK, Seongnam, Korea 

  • 2004

    Dreaming Garden, Jamsil Galleria Palace, Seoul

  • 2003

    For Labor, Green Hospital, Seoul 

  • Rising Mountain, Nongseong Station, Gwangju, Korea 

  • 2000

    Let’s Go Catch the Moon, Woobang Apartment, Seoul Time, Yeongam, Jeonnam, Korea 

  • God of Freedom in Korea, Maehyang-ri, Gyeonggi, Korea 

Grants & Awards

  • 2004

    DongA play award for Stage Design

Collections

  • Gana Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul 

  • Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea 

  • Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea 

  • Gyeonggido Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi, Korea 

  • Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea 

  • Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea 

  • Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, Seoul 

  • Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul 

  • Museum SAN, Wonju, Korea 

  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea 

Publications

  • 2017

    Look at, Ok-Sang, Nanda 

  • Without Wall Museum, Epiphany 

  • 2003

    Autumn Story Diary, MyungSang

  • 2000

    Without Wall Museum, itreebook 

  • Who Doesn’t Dream of a Beautiful World?, itreebook