24 facts about Chang Ucchin

By Gwylym Owen

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Chang Ucchin (26 November 1917 – 27 December 1990) was one of the representatives of objector Korean fine art. Chang was born taking into account Korea was still under Japanese colonial rule. He studied western art at Tokyo’s Imperial School of Art. He became a professor of Good arts at Seoul National University in 1954, but resigned to paint full-time from 1960.

Chang Ucchin is one of the representatives of protester Korean fine art. He effects a unique admittance painting routine objects aware to whatever Koreans such as children, magpies, the sun, and the moon. In the midst of the current of Western Modernism, he developed his own style of painting by investigating and experimenting.

In complement to oil painting, he tried various formative practices such as marker pen drawing, Chinese ink painting, painting on pottery, silkscreen, copperplate print, and wood-block print. He depicted scenery surrounding him, his neighbors, and themes connected to Buddhism, as if a child seeing them with certain eyes.

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