Won Sou-Yeol
(1949, Chejudo Island, Korea)

In France since 1984, Won Sou Yeol finds a great strength in the natural elements of the Chejudo Island, in Korea, where she was born in 1949. Between land and sea, disrupted by the natural elements, her painting takes its strength from it. Imbued with dynamism and power, it expresses the movement, marked by the contrast between black and white, light and shadow. Her large and concentrated gesture creates cracks, splashes. Using different tools, she creates paintings at the same time heavy and light with a lot of material. It is why she partly draws away from the art of calligraphy constituted of a light brush stroke. We find in the work of Won Sou-Yeol the principles of abstract expressionism and of action painting. She is often associated with artists such as Hartung or De Kooning. Kline is one of the artists who most influenced her. Her work is imbued with a renewed energy in each painting, for which she completely dedicates her body and soul. Won Sou-Yeol tells that one day, while she was painting, she looked at the clock : three years had elapsed.

Living in France since 1984, the artist is graduated from the École nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris- Cergy. Furthermore, art critics, like Michel Nuridsany, are more and more interested by the one they consider as the major representative of the Korean abstraction. Her works were exhibited in 2015-2016 at the Cer26 nuschi Museum during the exhibition "Séoul ? Paris ? Séoul" in link with the year of Korea in France.

Exhibitions selected

2017 - Art Paris Art Fair, Paris
2016 - Rythmes, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2016 - Art Élysées 2016, Paris
2016 - L'attrape-feu, l'art réenchante le monde, Ecole des filles, Huelgoat
2016 - Art Pais Art Fair, Gallery François Livinec, Paris
2015 - Art Élysées 2015, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2015 - Briser le toit de la maison - Le sacré dans l'art, École des filles, Huelgoat
2015 - Artistes Coréens, Cernushi Museum, Paris
2015 - Erupting Path to Seek the Truth, Jéju Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea
2014 - Won Sou-Yeol, Contemporary Art Museum Youngeun, Kwangju, South Korea
2013 - Retospect, Gallery Toxic, Luxembourg
2004/2012 - Gallery Toxic, Luxembourg
2001 - Gallery Simoncini, Luxembourg
2000 - Mail Gallery, Genève
1996 - Gallery Bhak, Séoul
1995 - Gallery Pierre Michel D., Paris
1994 - Gallery Tenri, Paris
1993 - Espace Mémoire, Rouen
1992 - Gallery Bernanos, Paris


 Jéju Musée d'art contemporain, Jéju, Corée du Sud
Youngeun Musée d'art contemporain, Gwangju, Corée du Sud
Schema Musée d'Art, Cheongju, Corée du Sud
Galerie Toxic, Luxembourg
Armand Hein, Luxembourg
Kyobo, Séoul, Corée du Sud
InterContinental Hotel, Séoul, Corée du Sud


WON Sou-Yeol, Editions Janninck, 2011