Selected works by Seung Ah Paik

Seung Ah Paik


Pigment, charcoal & rabbit skin glue on canvas

400 x 180 cm (each)

Large raw canvases drape from floor to ceiling upon which monumental expanses of flesh are rendered. With this ensemble of cracked heels, bud nipples, broad hands, and mess of limbs, artist Seung Ah Paik offers a poignant and uniquely truthful depiction of her relationship to her own flesh.

Seung Ah Paik


Pigment, rabbit skin glue, charcoal on cotton calico

Left panel: 345 x 178 cm; Middle panel, 312 x 177 cm; Right panel, 369 x 176.5 cm

“I want my skin to be present in the painting, rather than be an image of my skin in the painting. I want the viewers to experience the self-meditative process inside the landscape of my corporeal body.” Paik draws her painterly technique from the Korean portrait tradition of 육리문법 (yuk-ri-mun-bup), an artistic style through which the identity of the sitter is revealed through showing the minute details of a face – indeed, here Ah Paik’s own identity is positioned as intrinsically expressed through the physicality of her body; “Every wrinkle, scar, callus, dead skin, and lump of cellulite reflects one’s history and personality.” In a time where flawlessness is celebrated as innately beautiful, and when the separation of mind and body is ever more initiated by our reliance on technology, these landscapes of flesh present and celebrate the inescapability of our own corporeality.

© Natasha Hoare, 2015

Seung Ah Paik's Biography

Seung Ah Paik
Born in 1979, Seoul, Korea
Lives and works in Seoul and New York, NY


Floating Perspectives, Hus Gallery, London, UK

Autolandscape, Jubilee Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Autolandscape, Lubomirov-Easton Gallery, London, UK

Body, the texture, Noam Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Hwaga: Saueechanmi, Hanwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

A Soldier’s Tale, Asia House, London, UK

Signature Art Prize, Degree Art Gallery, London, UK
Sasapari/4482, Barge House, London, UK

Vis-a-vis, Gallery Dansung, Seoul, Korea
The New Form and Spirit, Gallery Gaia, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Arts Almuni Exhibition, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea

Switch on Switch off, Gallery Kwanhoon, Seoul, Korea
The New Form and Spirit, Gallery Gaia, Seoul, Korea