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Expressing a sense of hope, strength and the dynamism of an abandoned yet lived-in space, Jo’s creations are visual poetry, of passing time and lives lived.
“In 1978 and 1979, I drew 30 to 40 pieces a day at maximum. Many exhibited works were not even included in the work book. I used to sell my painting to a gallery, but sometimes I did not receive any money and the paintings were missing. Frequently, I left space for a signature or a registration number empty for the gallery to fill in.”
This is what Lee Woo-hwan said in a press conference on Thursday. Lee has been caught up in controversy on whether his paintings are genuine, while some wonder “why him among others?”
In the late 1970s when Lee became famous and demand for his paintings surged, he had to mass-produce hundreds of paintings within two years. Naturally, the mass production left loopholes, which was an attractive target to forgers.