Lee Chul-soo

Taken from "The Bible Through Asian Eyes", 1991
Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady

TOP: "Dream of the Woman Textile Worker",
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Lee Chul-soo is a Korean folk artist with no formal training but his powerful work has been described as having the "the strength of the burning sun, the simplicity of nature and a kind of humor that cuts like a knife."

His paintings resemble woodblocks but they are each one-of-a-kind. He draws an outline on oiled paper normally used for traditional floor heating units (odor), then the are around is spread with moist yellow earth. Coal tar is then applied once it has set. The painting is washed to remove the earth. The lines are sharp and vivid. Lee then adds color from a cloth dyeing process he has adapted.

His work has a strong social action orientation but like many Korean Christians, the Biblical message is always close to the surface in his thinking.

His painting of the woman worker is deliberately surrounded by flowers to point to the hope of heaven which sustains her.


Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady. Psalm 56. The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. pp.62-63. Print

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The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. p63. Print
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