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New still life series – Oil on Linen Canvas

For the last ten years Paik has infused her Korean spiritual roots in her canvases. In this thought-provoking series of Still Lifes, Paik captures the essence of the human heart through images which evoke the simplicity and purity of Korean Ceramic bowls. Paik transforms the image of a single vessel into a permanent tableau for visual meditation and contemplation. Paik says: “When I first started this series of paintings, I searched for what was most precious in my heart, and travelled back to my childhood memory- the memory of my mother’s devotional prayers each morning before a simple white ceramic bowl of water. I can still hear her quiet voice to this day. The paintings conjure up this sense of an indelible but ephemeral moment. My inspiration is to cast these moments into a permanent form which can be revisited...that is what art is to me...deeply personal and symbolic.

Bernard Leach, whilst studying in Japan, was equally inspired by the profound and enduring beauty of Korean pottery with its austere and unpretentious simplicity. As he devoted his art to fusing an oriental aesthetic with his own western upbringing, Paik has explored and found a way to reconcile her understanding of the timeless and transcendental qualities of beauty from East and West. Her delicately understated paintings are the embodiment of life's fragility, mystery and fleeting beauty.

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Moon Vase
Oil on Linen
85 X 90 cm

Wine Jar
Oil on Linen
40 X 50 cm

Moon Vase
Oil on Linen
95 X 85 cm

From Land and Sea
Oil on Linen Canvas
46 X 55 cm

A Promise
Oil on Linen
14" X 12"

For Three
Oil on Linen
14" X 12"

Monk's Bowl
Oil on Linen
15" x 15"

Waiting
Oil on Linen
12" x 12"

Moon Vase
31" x 38 1/2"
Private collection



Mountain Water
14" x 12"


Light and Dream
10" x 12"



Under the Willow Tree
15" x 15"
Private collection

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