My Biggest Inspiration is My Grand Father, Kim Chong Yung
“The Master of Modern Sculpture of Korea, whose life was art and whose art was life.” Kim Chong Yung (1915-1982) defied the 20th century Korea’s obsession with the “Era of Transformation” from calligraphy to oil painting, and achieved his unique conception of the Korean art in the wider world by actively employing and balancing the Eastern and the Western arts. He treated as equal the significance which Confucious scholars (Seonbi) attributed to their artistic messages and intentions, and the abstract expression of the Western arts. In devoting the entirety of his life to his projects, he managed to develop a concept of Bulgak’s Beauty, an art theory that searches for simplicity and naturalness in its style, that will go down the history of Korean Art in the 21st century. Kim Chong Yung, without partiality to the West or the East, was a true pioneer of Korean abstract sculpting.