19 Jul 2021

A refining moment: Seung Yul Oh on painting

From Voices, 8:00 am on 19 July 2021

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Seung Yul Oh at home with his daughter

Seung Yul Oh at home with his daughter Photo: Kadambari Gladding

Seung Yul Oh is known for his public art, larger than life-sculptures and installations that are at once quirky, hyperreal or minimalist. Invariably they all seem to attract people to participate with them.

His latest work is a series of paintings at  Starkwhite on Auckland's K Road.

An Elam graduate, Seung Yul’s practice is interdisciplinary but painting isn’t something he says he does often.

"I'm a painter but don't do many painting or sculpture shows."

"Painting happens about three or four times a year..it's scary because once I start, I can't stop." 

Seung Yul Oh - OnDo

Seung Yul Oh - OnDo Photo: ©Patrick Reynolds 2015

 

Listen to the full Voices interview with Seung Yul Ohon this week's podcast.

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Back in 2013, Periphery, his work of towering yellow and white pellet-shaped inflatables that audiences pushed their way through was selected by influential Japanese curator Yuko Hasegawa for Art Basel Hong Kong.

Following this, Oh was named as one of the rising stars of the Asian art market by The Guardian.

"I love the physicality of sculpture..it's different, but painting for me is a refining moment."