​Okyeon Kwon

權玉淵 권옥연 (1923-2011)
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Kwon Ok-yeon is a painter who belongs to the 2nd generation of the contemporary painting of Korea. And is a one of the key members who brought best efforts in developing Korea's contemporary paintings. Successfully educated in both Paris and Tokyo, she has won several awards at the several exhibitions held at home and abroad including the exhibition in Saloon, Dotonre. In 1986, he won the prize of the Korea Academy Arts and was recommended as a member of Korea Academy Arts in 1983 and worked as a member of examination board for the national exhibitions. At present she is working in Paris. Her early works show primitive taste that inspired more lyric atmosphere of man made emotion. Her paintings express a thick sense of northern pattern that puts its bases in the wild field of sunset and magnificent scale through the colored scenes suppressed by the northern typed scales. It is her fundamental base that her work of practical pattern and sharp-edged ancestor's structure and the suppressed sweetish coloring tone are functioning as the basic element. After 1960s, interests about an imaginary world, a world of dreams and the world of unconsciousness plus surrealism, are widely exposed. We also can find her mysteriousness within the world where the mysterious phenomenons have been expressed through a suggestive way. And enabled us to taste far distant effect of an illusion. We would say that it is a function like an enchantment that carefully awakens the parts sitting behind the memory connecting to the origin of the unconsciousness world.

권옥연은 한국근대미술의 제2세대에 속한 작가이며, 이것을 이끌어 온 몇 안 되는 작가들 중 한 사람이다. 
동경과 파리에서 수학하고 국전과 살롱 도톤느 등의 국내외 공모전에서 여러 차례 수상하였고 국전 심사위원원 등 여러 단체의 운영위원으로 활동하였으며 1983년 대한민국 예술원 회원으로 추대되었고 1986년 예술원상을 수상하였다. 현재 파리에서 활동 중이다.

그의 초기작품은 자연과 인간이 만드는 풋풋한 정감으로 인해 더욱 서사시적 분위기를 고양시키는 원시적 체취가 강하게 배어 나오는 작품으로, 향토적 소재주의, 목가적 서정주의적인 작품이다. 그의 작품에는 북방적인 스케일과 억제된 톤에 의한 거대한 색면의 화면을 통하여 장대한 스케일과 황량한 들녘에 시점을 두고 있는 북방인의 정서가 나타나 있다. 사실적 화풍이면서도, 예리한 선조의 구성과 감미로우면서 억제된 색조의 톤(tone)은 그의 작품의 바닥에 흐르고 있는 기본적인 요소로 작용되고 있다.

1960년대 이후에는 초현실주의적 요소가 가미되어 상상의 세계, 꿈의 세계, 무의식의 세계에 대한 관심이 표현되고 있다. 그의 작품은 기이한 형상이 암시적으로 묘출되는 신비한 내면세계를 엿볼 수 있게 해주며, 먼 기억의 세계를 더듬는 독특한 환시작용을 발견할 수 있게 해준다. 그것은 단순한 개인적인 기억이기보다는 집단적인 무의식의 세계, 시원(始原)에 잇닿아 있는 아득한 기억의 저편을 조심스럽게 일깨워내는 주술과 같은 작용이라고 할 수 있다.

Profile

Education 
1942   Graduated from Seoul 2nd High School (Kyungbok High School)
1942   Entered the Department of Western Arts, Tokyo Empire Arts School
1957   Studied in Paris

 

Private Exhibition
1948   1st Private Exhibition (Seoul Dongwha Department Store Gallery)
1951   2nd Private Exhibition (Daedo Group)
1956   3rd Private Exhibition commemorating Visit to France (Seoul Dongwha Department Store Gallery)
1960   Homecoming Exhibition-Exhibition for Works done during stay in Paris (Seoul National Library Gallery)
1961   5th Private Exhibition (Seoul National Library Gallery)
1964   6th Private Exhibition (Newspaper Hall Gallery)
1965   7th Private Exhibition (Nihobasi Gallery, Japan)
1970   8th Private Exhibition (Shinsegae Department Store Gallery)
Group Exhibition and Invitation Exhibition
1951   "The Latter Half" Exhibition (Busan Baehap Gallery, Artists participated: Moon shin, Lee Jun, 
           Kim Hoon and so on)
1958   Invited at Cannes Grand-Prix Exhibition and exhibited 
1959   Realite Nouvelle Exhibition (Paris)/ Paris Academy Duffet Membership Exhibition(Paris)
1960   9th Surrealisme Exhibition (Paris)
1961   Nam Kwan, Kim Heung-Soo, Kwon Ok-Yun Invitation Exhibition (Seruker Borne Gallery, Paris)
1961-1962  National Art Exhibition, Invited Artists Exhibition
1965   Participated in 8th San Paolo Biennale Exhibition 
1968   Korean Contemporary Painting Exhibition (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo)
1970   Modern Palpitation Exhibition ( Arts Gallery attached to Japan Osaka Expo '70)
           "100-Artists after Picasso" Exhibition 
1995   Invited to participate in MINIF (5.17-24) by Tokyo "Arts World"
           South and North Korea Peace Art Exhibition (Tokyo)
1999   South and North Korea Peace Art Exhibition (Tokyo)
           Invited to participate in MINIF and many others

Award
1953   Prize of Education Minster at 5th Korean Arts Association Exhibition
1956   Special Prize at National Art Exhibition 
1958   Selected at Salon d'Automne(Paris)
1960   Special Prize at National Art Exhibition
1986   Prize in the Category of Arts, the National Academy of Arts, Korea 
1994   Prize of Culture, Samil Independence Movement 
1998   Meritorious Prize of Artists

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1923   5월 6일  함경남도 함흥시 남문리 출생 
1942   서울 제2고등보통학교 (경복고등학교)졸업
1942   동경 제국미술학교 서양화과 입학
1957   파리 修學

개인전
2001   올해의 작가 2001 국립현대미술관
1985   현대화랑 
1970   신세계 화랑 
1965   니혼바시 화랑, 동경
1964   신문회관화랑
1961   국립도서관 화랑
1960   귀국개인전-체불작품전(滯佛作品展) 국립도서관 화랑
1956   동화백화점화랑
1951   개인전 부산
1948   동화백화점-현 신세계백화점화랑

단체전 
2006   예화랑 개관 28주년 특별기획전  예화랑
2001   조선 화랑 개관 30주년 70년대 회화정신전 조선 화랑 
2000   한국 현대미술의 시원 국립현대미술관 
1999   동경 남북 평화 미술전  
1999   마니프 99  
1995   MANIF초대출품 (동경「미술세계사」주관) 남북평화미술전(동경)
1970   현대의 약동전 (일본 대판 만국박람회(Expo '70)부설 미술관) 피카소 이후 100인전 
1968   한국현대회화전 (국립현대미술관, 동경) 
1965   제 8회 상파울로 비엔날레 출품 
1961-1962   국전 초대작가전 
1961   남관, 김흥수, 권옥연 초대전(세르크르 보르네 화랑, 파리) 
1960   9회 쉬르레알리즘전(파리) 
1959   리알리떼 누벨전 (파리) / 파리 아카데미 뒤페 회원전(파리) 
1958   칸느 그랑프리전에 초청<여>출품. 
1951   후반기전 (부산 백합화랑, 참여작가: 문신. 이준. 김훈 등) 외 다수 

수상 
1953   제5회 대한미협전 문교부 장관상 수상 
1956   제5회 국전 특선 
1958   살롱 도똔느 입선(파리) 
1960   제 9회 국전 특선 
1986   대한민국 예술원상 미술부문 수상. 
1994   3. 1 문화상 수상 
1998   공로예술인상 수상
2004   제10회 마니프 서울 국제 아트페어 대상