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Jeongeun Han (b.1998)
The Days That I Miss  (2023)
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The work of Junwon Lee (b. 1983) conveys archaic movements. A primal almost ritualistic ebb and flow that at times appears familiar and recognisable and at others chaotic and strange. 

Lee sees his role as an artist as not necessarily to create, but rather to salvage and draw from something that already exists, intuitively capturing images in an open, free and spontaneous way as inspiration and feeling move through him and onto the canvas. 

Painting ‘in the round,’ Lee works on flat canvas, moving about and rotating the work as the moment takes him, a process he deploys to further remove barriers and restrictions on his creativity, putting on canvas what he feels. The artist refers to this process as summoning, of forming shapes, or totems, that shift during creation, allowing the motion to be infused into the work through its very creation.

This work, Pankration (2022), draws its name from a primitive fighting technique from Ancient Greece. The painting, which deploys Lee’s trademark movement also features one of his more pronounced figures - the artist usually preferring to blur the lines between what is recognisably human and what is merely suggestive of the human form, in his work.

“I wanted to explore the passion that is created when body meets body,” the artist said, an idea that builds upon his fascination with ancient ritual and its ability to make communal beliefs more solid through movement. Be that movement violent, sexual, joyous or sad. “I was interested in exploring the intensity of emotion that is derived from these communal movements.”

As such, this work causes us to reflect on what impact communal movements, be they between two people or one hundred, have on us and our psyche. How we can become swept along in the moment and reshaped by it into new forms.

The interior of the A.SINGLE.PIECE gallery contains a video installation related to Pankration.


Junwon Lee’s exhibition at A.SINGLE.PIECE marks his fifteenth solo exhibition, and his first in Australia. His works have been exhibited at numerous international art fairs in France, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as in Korea and he has been featured in more than twenty five group exhibitions. Lee is a graduate of Chung-ang College of Art.

To download his complete CV in PDF please click here.