Dry River

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This painting is inspired by the natural flow and transition. Try to express the diversity of natural resources I add different mediums. It creates dimensions texture and layers. Recomposed inner landscape with multi mediums and try to deliver the essence of natural resources.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

December 08, 2021

Kyungsoo Lee’s Dry River is a marriage of geometrical and gestural abstraction rendered in calming earth tones that calls to mind a primordial impression of nature. Her passages of deep purples and reds dominate the center of the canvas while lighter-toned, more hard-edged abstraction surrounds and offsets it. The viewer feels as if they are looking down at summer wheat fields from an airplane window, or as if they are observing some fundamental natural occurrence like tectonic movement reshaping the earth’s surface over thousands of years.


There is something primal and ancient about the composition and the thick dabs of acrylic that give it a rough and decidedly natural appearance. The aerial perspective recalls famous Californian painter Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park paintings, while the paired down yet excited palette is reminiscent of Helen Frankenthaler’s abstract masterpieces.


Whether Dry River depicts a microscopic or macroscopic scene is up to the viewer. It is the perfect kind of abstraction where two people can argue about its subject matter for hours and be equally correct.

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kyungsoo lee
Abstract, Landscape
Painting - Framed
Acrylic, Ink, Pastels, Canvas
13.50 inches wide
13.50 inches tall
2.00 inches deep
5.00 lbs
Murrieta, CA, US