Untitled II

164cm x 168cm
Mixed Media

Curator's Eye

It is clear to see how Du Nam Choi’s successful career as an architect has bled into his work as a painter. Crisp, horizontal lines, compositional balance and spatial order remain central to these abstract works. Often choosing to place the majority of brushstrokes towards the top of the canvas, delicate strands of paint plummet towards the empty bottom, made ever-more striking by the muted backgrounds. Choi makes use of delightful colour palettes that can at once reference cascading water, or a field of flowers. These thoughtful, meditative paintings would suit a modern or contemporary setting.

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The inspiration for this particular painting were dried up lotus flowers on a chilly, desolate winter lake appearing as lingering dots of souls. Their stark appearance was a beautiful yet barren winter scene, waiting to be comforted. Intense drips of colors were introduced to energize what appears to be an abstract, bleak winter landscape.

Medium: Oil and charcoal on canvas

Country of Origin: South Korea