Chun Kyungja
Chun Kyungja, Gate of the Youth, 1968, Color on paper, 145×89cm. MMCA collection

Chun Kyungja

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Chun Kyungja (1924-2015), (born Chun Okja), was the daughter of Chun Sungwook, a gunseogi (clerk) of Goheung-gun, Jeollanam-do, and Park Un-a. She graduated the Gwangju Public Girl's high School and completed the Japanese art program at the Joshibi University of Art and Design. After independence, she was hired as a teacher of art at the Jeonnam Girls High School, her alma mater. Her private exhibition received positive reviews, and she was hired as an instructor of art at the Chosun University. Afterwards, she worked as a professor of the College of Fine arts at the Hongik University from 1954 to 1973, and she achieved renown as one of the foremost women artists in Korea, winning the Great Korean Art Association Exhibition President's Award in 1955, the National Academy of Arts, Republic of Korea Award in 1979, and the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit in 1983. Her primary subject matter consisted of feminine subjects, to the extent that she was described as the artist of "flowers and women." Her work is celebrated as being entirely distinct from the contemporary Korean art styles of the period, and defined by its autobiographical themes and fantastical colorwork.
* Source: Multilingual Glossary of Korean Art. Korea Arts Management Service


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