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Richard Woods: Seoul Tudor

January 29 – April 28, 2011

artclub1563, Seoul


Richard Woods uses traditional woodcuts to re-interpret and re-utilize traditional British decorative patterns. His past works have been inspired by the Tudor style, which is originated from the Chester region in the 15th and was widely used in the 19th and the 20th century British residential buildings in modified style. Technically, Woods uses the traditional wooden printing methodology that dates back to the 15th-16th century England. He was also inspired by the complex patterns created by William Morris who profoundly influenced the decoration of churches and houses in the early 20th century England.

Woods re-interprets these designs and patterns to create works that are contemporary and uniquely his. While straddling the boundaries between art, architecture and design, the artist ironically merges the seeming oppositions of internal-external, real-fake and urban-rural, showing that the lines between them are not as clearly drawn as widely perceived.

The newly interpreted style created for the exhibition Seoul Tudor has the characteristics of the decorative patterns that were widely used in the UK in 1950s, bringing out the calm and memory of traditional British garden. For this exhibition, Woods created new patterns that are influenced by the motifs from Korean traditional culture such as willows in Koryo celadon. As a result, the exhibition space is filled with a vision that is uniquely his yet somehow recognizable to all of us.