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Myoungwook Huh

Myoungwook Huh Metal painter
Contact
Korean, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+82 1066793612
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Layers of time

  • • Myoungwook works are made through time
  • • He uses ottchil in all his works
  • • For him, Astroboy is a symbol of vitality that he uses regularly

Myoungwook Huh works in various fields such as metal crafts, photography, painting and much more. However it is his unique use of ottchil, a Korean lacquer technique, to apply colour and design, which is his speciality. Lacquer is the traditional medium that has been used on finishing traditional craftwork, wood and metalwork in Korea. For him, it's a painting material. Metal panels, wood and fabrics have become his new canvas. He creates a colour by mixing ottchil and natural dyes according to his mood and energy. He completes the work by repeatedly applying the colours, changing every day one layer at a time and then drying them.

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Works

  • © Huh Myoungwook
  • © Huh Myoungwook
  • © Huh Myoungwook
  • © Huh Myoungwook
  • © Huh Myoungwook
Photo: © Huh Myoungwook
Dish

This dish is coated with ottchil (Korean lacquer). It is comprised of a round piece of copper plate, the coat is applied to the centre using a hemp cloth to create a textured appearance. The shape is made by pressing the copper plate into a ribbed cast, after which the dish is hammered to give a smooth finish. It was painted with multiple colour layers of refined ottchil.

Height 1.6 cm
Diameter 27 cm

Photo: © Huh Myoungwook
Small table, kettle and bowl

This portable dining table is inspired by the traditional Korean soban, a small floor table used for meals but more commonly used for tea and snacks. It was created by bonding the “leg” portion, a single sheet of copper plate angled at regular intervals, to a circular top. The kettle is also made of copper and is characterised by creating detail and depth by hammering the body hundreds of times.

Diameter 43 cm
Height 40 cm
Diameter 11 cm
Height 23 cm
Diameter 8.5 cm
Height 5.5 cm

Photo: © Huh Myoungwook
Cabinet

This cabinet is made of metal and coated with multiple layers of ottchil (Korean lacquer). The drawers can be opened either by pushing them to the side or pulling them out from the front. Each drawer features a different design to give the piece a diversity of colours and shapes. The cabinet was designed to store objects in various ways.

Length 140 cm
Width 35 cm
Height 140 cm

Photo: © Huh Myoungwook
Cabinet

This cabinet is made of metal and coated with multiple layers of ottchil (Korean lacquer). The drawers can be opened either by pushing them to the side or pulling them out from the front. Each drawer features a different design to give the piece a diversity of shapes. The cabinet was designed to store objects in various ways.

Length 280 cm
Width 35 cm
Height 200 cm

Photo: © Huh Myoungwook
Circle

This sculpture is a three-dimensional rendering of a shape from one of Huh’ two-dimensional works. The unconventional texture is created by applying several sheets of fabric to fibreglass-reinforced plastic, after which several layers of blue ottchil (Korean lacquer) were applied to the fabric.

Height 160 cm
Diameter 160 cm

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