Korean Photographer Myoung Ho Lee – artmarketblog.com
A tree or a picture of a tree?, that is the question. Well it’s not THE question but it is the question that one asks ones self when confronted with the awesome “Tree” series of photographs by Myoung Ho Lee. Myoung Ho Lee is a young Seoul, Korea based artist and a lecturer in photography at the Joon-Ang University where he is also completing a PH. D. The “Tree” series was first shown online on the Lens Culture website and it was the “Tree” series of photographs that attracted world wide attention to Lee and his work. According to the Lens Culture website (http://www.lensculture.com) where selected works from Lee’s “Tree” series are available for purchase: “Simple in concept, complex in execution, he makes us look at a tree in its natural surroundings, but separates the tree artificially from nature by presenting it on an immense white ground, as one would see a painting or photograph on a billboard.”
Lee’s work is an excellent example of the high quality and unique work being produced by artists from Korea where there seems to me no shortage of support and encouragement for visual artists. Festivals celebrating visual art such as the Daegu Photo Biennale,Gwangju Biennale, Busan Biennale, and Korea International Art Fair give Korean artists and galleries plenty of opportunities to promote themselves. It is not surprising that Korea has produced some absolutely fantastic artists in the last couple of years which has resulted in a rapidly developing art market that has the potential to be one of the most influential markets in the Asia Pacific region. I have written several articles expressing my enthusiasm for the Korean art scene which has continued to grow as more and more fantastic Korean artists emerge from the shadows of their more famous Chinese counterparts.
Of particular importance to Lee’s career is the show his “Tree” series of work that will be held at the highly prestigious Yossi Milo gallery in New York from March 12–April 18, 2009. The exhibition at Yossi Milo gallery will undoubtedly have a positive effect on Lee’s work so my suggestion is to buy now before prices increase.
You can see the works available from Lens Culture here:
Details of the Myoung Ho Lee exhibition at Yossi Milo here:
and more info on the “Tree” series here:
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.