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Donghyun Son

Donghyun Son

1980 (b. Seoul)

Activity Seoul
Academic ability B.F.A., Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Genre painting
Member Gallery Gallery 2
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Son Donghyun, (b.1980) started to gain attention two years ago, when <The Portrait of Hero, Mr. James Bond> was exhibited at Gallery Ccot and his first solo exhibition <<Pa-Ap Icon>> was held in the Art Space Hue. Starting from these works, artist painted portraits of familiar characters in Disney animation or Hollywood movies such as Batman, Robocop, Bugs Bunny and Golum. They are painted on yellow tinted Korean paper with pigments used in Oriental Painting and the names and the prefix were made up with phonics of Chinese characters to create speciousness as Oriental portraits. It is unexpected to meet the familiar modern characters in the paintings that look like they are coming from the museum at a glance. The first thing came up on artist's mind when he pondered on the idea of unification of tradition and modernity was 'What would Kim Hong-Do paint if he lives in the contemporary era?' It is absolutely reasonable to see street scene of Dong-du cheon in the folk painting of Kim Hong do, to appreciate the image TV stars we adore in the portraits or to observe personified character animals wandering around in the Oriental landscape painting. His works evolved from his past exhibition now. Trendy and fashionable logos dominating the scenery of everyday life such as Nike, Adidas, Burger king and Starbucks turns into traditional Logotype, a genre of Min-hwa( Korea folk painting). Logotypes interpret letters as it appears, and by presenting both text and diagram it brings both symbol and the meaning to life. The painting of 'Chung' fills up the frame with epigram and symbols that represents 'loyalty' (especially toward royal family), in order to make the painting itself to reveals the meaning of the word. The fact that logotype of 'Chung' and 'Hyo (filial piety)' existed shows that the virtues as such were important in the traditional society. On the same note, Son's Logotype shows how the image of 'Adidas' is connecting product and the consumer so smoothly. Each letters turned into logotype bears the conventional meaning as well as give and receive the image that represents consumer product. It suggests that to consume is a contemporary virtue, just like 'Chung' and 'Hyo' was the traditional society. This April, find out the new and evolved works of Dong-Hyun Son who attempts to combine the methodology of Traditional Oriental painting with the images of contemporary era artfully at doArt gallery.

  • Portrait of the King (01)_got to be there

  • Brad

  • Portrait of the Hero, Mr Batman

  • Brad

  • Portrait of the King (14)_beat it

Artist Profiles

2005 B.F.A., Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Solo Exhibitions
2011  Villain, Gallery2, Seoul View Exhibition
2010  Island, Project Space SARUBIA, Seoul, Kore a View Exhibition
2008  King, Gallery2, Seoul, Korea View Exhibition
2007  Logotype, doArt Gallery, Seoul, Korea View Exhibition
2006  Pop-Icon, Art Space Hue, Seoul, Korea View Exhibition
Group Exhibitions
2010  Iconotext : Between art and language, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2009  Up and comers, Total Museum, Seoul, Korea
  MUSEUM2,Korea art gallery, Busan, Korea
2008  Meme trackers, Songzhang Art Center, Beijin, China
  Beyond Cartoon: Asian Contemporary Art Group Show, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China
2007  Art Lan Asia, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan
  8th Open Studio, Ssamzie Space, Seoul, Korea
  People don’t know about their belongings at home, Gallery 175, Seoul, Korea
  Charge Your Imagination, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
  Writing Paintings, Painting Words, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea View Exhibition
2006  Who Are You, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  Paintings Becoming Stamps, SBS Atrium, Seoul, Korea
  Cha-Do-Sal-In-Jee-Gye:借刀殺人之計, Cais Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  Robot, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  Happy Trip to the Contemporary Art, Gwanju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
  Behind the Image, Cais Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  Sea Art Festival: Art in Life, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
2005  Funny Funny IV, Gallery Sejul, Seoul, Korea
  Mie / Ggi, Gallery Ccot, Seoul, Korea
2007  One-year Program Artist, 8th Ssamziespace Studio, Seoul, Kore
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