Song Burnsoo Korea, b. 1943


Song Burnsoo has been presenting religious introspection into existence as not only an artist but a human in his works of art. His techniques began to show a radical growth since he tried to switch his major interest from prints to tapestries in the 1980’s. The central subjects of the works produced in this period were the Cross and the crown of thorns—the Christian icons symbolizing the Passion of Christ and the Atonement. Being delicately and deftly dealt with by the artist, the colorful strands of thick yarn create particular little ridges which produce a dramatic effect allowing spectators to earnestly contemplate on connotations of the directed images.

His fascination with the symbolic significance of the thorns emerged as new forms of expression in paintings of the 2000’s; the assemblage of thorn-shaped reliefs generates a keen sense of tension as though they penetrated the actual surface of the canvas. In addition, it encouraged the audience to appreciate multi-layered psychological states such as pain and sacrifice or despair and hope appearing in his tangible representation.

Song Burnsoo has held his retrospective exhibition at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) in 2017 and received first golden fleece prize on the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian State in 2001. His work is represented in the collections of MMCA in Korea, National Museum of Budapest in Hungary, and H.Q of Korean U.N. in Switzerland.


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