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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 620


    Price Realised  


    (Born in 1960)
    Beyond there - The Waterfall
    charcoal on canvas
    194 x 130 cm. (76 1/3 x 51 1/4 in.)
    Painted in 2007

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    Wind, moonlight, invisible objects, negativity, and space between the objects where there is no rigid lines, darkness, and blank space, these are all his ideas of grasping the boundaries between them which is his extraordinary project. However, his projects do not mean an escape from reality by desertion or corruption of visible meanings. His projects are more persuasive for the fact that they are rather seeking and embracing for transcendence in the sensible reality.

    Lee Jae Sam had been drawing his works only with charcoal. From this we can almost feel his moral self consciousness, which is his idea of returning to the very fundamental of painting. Charcoal has the quality to absorb all the light around it and makes it look very rich and deep as if it has water inside of it. Artist Lee Jae Sam calls his charcoal 'black jelly' because the mono tones of charcoal has in fact contains various colors on the inside. From the stillness of darkness the image of charcoals brings healing, cleansing power upon us just like sound rest itself.

    Ko Chung Hwan