Doowon

Artist Statement

I never had a formal education in art. I draw paintings with inspiration and energy from nature as I travel rural places around the world, such as India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc. I believe that nature is the best teacher.

Instead of painting on traditional canvas, I paint on local fabric found while traveling. Stones, animal tails, discarded buttons, and unique antiques found at flea markets are valuable materials for me.

 

Each of my works entails an interesting storytelling with my imagination. The titles of works are also my identity. A humorous title with creative story gives the freedom to imagine for the appreciation. The combination of animals and artifacts in my works are expressed as a harmonious relationship that requires each other.

Bird racing car chasing a bee

2019, mixed media on Pakistan Sheep Wool,146.5x70cm

Fish racing car chasing a frog

2019, mixed media on Pakistan Sheep Wool,146.5x70cm

Buddha racing car chasing nothingness

2019, mixed media on Pakistan Sheep Wool,146.5x70cm

Artist resting after making his robots

2019, mixed media on canvas,108x119.2cm

Dog, bird, caterpillar, and beetle

(Perhaps we were rockstars in our past lives)

2014, China Ink, Gouache on Georgian cotton, 86x61cm

Birds under the moonlight at the flower garden

2018, mixed media on miyanma silk, 107x92cm

Buddha zoo

2019, mixed media on linen, 174x124cm

Artist taking a bath in the mountain and suddenly stands up

2019, Gouache, Ink, China ink, Woolen yarn, Imjingang River Stone on Greorgian military tent canvas, 186x94cm

White night BIRD flying in the storm

2018, Oil on Pakistan wool, 174x148cm

Colorful owl painting

2016, mixed media on Thai cotton, 198x90cm

Floral cigarette painting

2016, Gouache, China Ink on Thai cotton, 50.5x95cm

Colorful Beard owl

2013, mixed media on Indian traditional paper, 244x145cm

Cyborg wild dog sprinting

2013, mixed media on canvas, 82x150cm

Black male horse

2013, mixed media on linen, 137x139cm

Bird in garden 1 2017 / Bird in garden 2 2017

Cup bath

2018, mixed media on local paper, 29.5x21cm

A former gardener barber

2015, mixed media on local paper, 29.5x21cm

Spider imitation

2012, mixed media on local paper, 21x29.5cm

I was afraid of snakes every time I pee

2015, mixed media on local paper, 29.5x21cm

Living together in a pond

2015, mixed media on local paper, 21x29.5cm

A flower-loving plane

2016, mixed media on local paper, 21x59cm

Dog & bird's bowl

2015, mixed media on local paper, 21x29.5cm

 Watching bird beyond the fence 

2012, mixed media on local paper, 29.5x21cm

Untitled

2014, mixed media on local paper

Art dealer

2016, mixed media on local paper

Bird sled in garden

2015, mixed media on local paper, 21x59cm

Cup bath

2015, mixed media on local paper, 21x29.5cm

Bird+caterpillar take a rest under the weed shade

2015, mixed media on local paper, 29.5x21cm

Watching dragonfly beyond the elephant

2012, mixed media on local paper, 29.5x21cm

Artist Biography

Born 1982 Seoul, Republic of Korea

Currently lives in Yeoncheon, Republic of Korea

Selected Solo Exhibitions​

2018        www.oldpainter.come_retro+vintage+painting, Gallery Mac, Busan, Korea
2017    
    Painter, Lee Doowon, Gallery Mac, Busan, Korea

2016        Handed down from father to son, Gallery Mac, Busan, Korea
2015    
    Owls in the Garden, Gallery Mac, Busan, Korea
2015    
    Lee Doowon + Outsider Artist, Gallery DaOn, Seoul, Korea
2014        Mind that put in the Korean ink painting travels far away, Kimreea Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013        Wild and Child, Gallery Mac, Busan, Korea
2013    
    Moving travelling atelier, Hangisuk Gallery, Daegu, Korea
2011    
    Chaotic, but just go, Hangisuk Gallery, Daegu, Korea
2011    
    Doowon Landscape, Lee, Jung-seob studio, Jeju, Korea

2009        어른화가병 극복기, 3story, Seoul, Korea 

2008        Painter Flies Sadly, Gallery Sogool, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019        Korean Eye 2020 Teaser, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K.

2018        10-100, happy paintings, Gallery Mac, Busan, Korea
2017    
    Cheongdam Zoo, Gallery Doo, Seoul, Korea
2016    
    Take Five, Gallery Mac, Busan, Korea

2015        Spring Art Shopping, Lotte Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2014    
    Hello Ulsan, Hyeondai Gallery, Ulsan, Korea
2012    
    Beautiful Star, Beyond Museum, Seoul, Korea
2012
        3th Lee Jung Seop Art Studio Artist Residency Exhibition, Lee Jung Seop Art Studio, Jeju, Korea
2011    
    Gift From nature, Lee Jung Seop Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2010    
    2th Lee Jung Seop Art Studio Artist Residency Exhibition, Lee Jung Seop Art Studio, Jeju, Korea
2010
        Dreaming NOMAD Artists, Lee Jung Seop Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2010
        Focusing Local Part 1(Jeju island), The K Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2008    
    Anna augstaein fine arts in berlin, Germany
2007    
    Drawing and Writing, Gallery Sogool, Seoul, Korea

Awards and Residencies
2019        3th Atelier Damso Art Studio Artist Residency, Jeju, Korea 

2014        6th Youncheon yeongcheon artist residency, South Korea

2011        The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's appointment of honorary teachers to the art section
2011        3th Lee Jung Seop Art Studio Artist Residency, Jeju, Korea

2010        2th Lee Jung Seop Art Studio Artist Residency, Jeju, Korea

Public Collections
Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K

PCA(Parallel Contemporary Art), London, U.K

Lee Jung Seop Art Gallery, Korea