Sookeun's work was widely appreciated by Americans stationed in Seoul after the Korean war. The Bando Gallery in the Choson Hotel in Seoul began exhibiting his paintings in 1956, selling them for a nominal sum to clients who were predominantly Americans. The artist's career was cut short by his premature death at the age of fifty-one in 1965. During the last seven years, since Christie's, New York began selling his work, he has become the most sought-after modern Korean master.
Ten paintings by Park Sookeun have been sold at Christie's, New York: Farmers, 27 April, 1993, lot 45; Dancers, 17 November, 1993, lot 121; Women beneath a tree, 27 April, 1994, lot 101; Country village, 25 October, 1994, lot 78; Three women and child, 26 April, 1995, lot 77; Farmhouses, 26 March, 1996, lot 67; Men smoking, 31 October, 1996, lot 110; Jobless, 23 March, 1999, lot 311; Mother and child, 15 September, 1999, lot 384; Four women and child, 23 March, 2000, lot 379.