Gradating picture frame
In early works, Walters’ created configurations in which often curvilinear forms seem to jostle against each other.
However the later paintings offer a strict geometry and shapes that butt up against each other, powerfully claiming their place on the canvas, yet with a delicacy of vision achieved through careful chromatic and structural shifts.
Made from cylindrical rods and rectangular sections of timber, these works exist as an outline of form. Titled , the series is reminiscent of the late 1950s/ early 60s post-painterly abstraction movement, which critic Clement Greenberg characterised as linear in design, bright in colour, lacking in detail and incident, and open in composition.
Exploiting the expressive power of colour, Oh’s reductionist and geometric compositions allow both vivid contrast and subtle nuance of tone.
Walters looked broadly for his influences, but his unique synthesis of local Indigenous and international art constantly returned to an investigation of the ways form might interact with space, or another form.
The progression of Walters’ abstraction over 50 years was further refined by his late-career transparency paintings, which explore the tension between interconnected and superimposed forms.
Long resisting a conventional approach to form and material, he redefines and challenges ordinary objects and spaces in ways that are both light hearted and serious.
This was a new movement, playing with and disrupting Western traditions as it filtered through a Korean cultural lens.A vital distinction from the logic and mathematically aligned Western movements was that Tansaekhwa focused on the meditative aspect of creating art, an approach of growth and layering rather than ‘emptiness’.Born in Seoul, Korea in 1981, Seung Yul Oh moved to New Zealand to complete an MFA at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts.His most recent work continues Oh’s practice of working the edges, expanding on previous examples and moving away from conventional focus on the canvas.Suggestive of architectural features such as doorways or the front of a building, there are now are only 4 elements: simply open space framed by painted wooden bars.