The Easel

Pioneering abstract painter Suh Se Ok dies at 91

As Korea emerged from Japanese occupation, Suh wanted his art to be distinctively Korean. He favoured traditional materials – ink and mulberry paper. His paintings, however, were distinctly modernist, looser and more expressive than calligraphy but quite different from the “muscular gesturalism” of abstract expressionism. Said he “I think of my works as a flight toward every possibility”. A video (7 min) where Suh discusses the dot is here.