Yoo Seung Ho
lives and works
Seoul, South Korea
BFA, Han-Sung University, Seoul, South Korea, 1999
about the artist
Yoo Seungho appeals to not only the visual but also the aural in his proposal to reenact traditional landscape painting in the present. From afar, his pictures bear an uncanny resemblance to famed shanshui (mountain and water) works of classical China and Korea. A closer look reveals a painstaking accumulation of onomatopoeic Korean characters that meander together or apart in order to generate varying gradations of grayscale concentration. Script becomes mountains, words form foliage—text is converted into image in this clever reconstruction of a technically challenging and historically significant practice. Yoo has held solo exhibitions in South Korea as well as in Japan. His work has been included in exhibitions, fairs, biennales and triennials held at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia; the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan; the Galleria d’Arte Modern in Bologna, Italy; and the King’s Lynn Arts Centre in King’s Lynn, UK; as well as at many national galleries and institutions in South Korea.