Goryeo Illuminated Sutra Transciption & Buddhist Painting: Talk and Demonstration
Where: Tibet House US
22 W. 15th St.
212-807-0563 Price: General Admission $15; Member $12
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(The lecture will be in Korean with English translation.)
The art of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) is represented by three distinguished genres: Goryeo Buddhist Painting, Goryeo Pottery, and Goryeo illuminated Sutra transcription. Though Goryeo Pottery is widely known, many people are unfamiliar with Buddhist Painting and illuminated Sutra transcription.
Illuminated Sutra transcription, called Saeyong, is a Buddhist meditation practice with a 1,700 year history in Korea. The painting process is a meditative practice of great delicacy and focus, requiring the hand of an experienced and devoted artist specializing in this ancient art form. This exquisite and elaborate painting technique is often done in gold ink, with the smallest imaginable paint brushes. Master artist Kim Kyeong-Ho will give a lecture and demonstration.
After Kim Kyeong-Ho’s lecture, Ms. Joy Rock will present her technique of coloring the Buddhist painting. The works by Joy Rock illuminate the renaissance in Korean Fine arts during the Goryeo Dynasty. The people of Goryeo had a deep sense of faith in Buddhism and after a 30-year war against the Mongols, the people of Goryeo returned to Gaegyeong and produced Buddhist paintings on silk with gold powder. The Buddhist paintings that remain today – about 160 pieces – are all works after Gaegyeong was reestablished as the capital of Goryeo in 1270. All of those works were painted on top of silk canvasses and hung on walls with hanging poles. Unlike wall paintings, they had the advantage of being hung up only when necessary and were thus mobile. Goryeo Buddhist paintings involved the use of gold powder and the technique of coloring the back of the silk canvas. They are distinguishable by patterns of exquisitely drawn lines.Buy tickets/get more info now