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S. Korea's Master Artist Impresses Locals, Expats
Park Soung-Jin
Staff Reporter & Editor


The 66-year-old wood craftsman You Jong-Hwan is the master artist in woodworking in South Korea. He has been based in South Korea's Sancheong-gun County, South Gyeongsang Province for the last 42 years in a row.

For the last three decades of so he has carved a myriads of woodcraft pieces by using the natural beauty on the wood.

Now boasts of over 1,000 works of his crafts art including calligraphy engravings on the wood at his spacious work place "Sancheong Crafts Studio" in Sancheong Country, nearby his native hometown of Hamyang County in South Gyeongsan Province. The both countries surround the scenic Mt. Jiri National Part.

Currently scores of his wood crafts art pieces are being on the exhibition at Academy Gallery on the basement of Hanaro Building at the mouth of Insad-dong or "Mary's Alley" in downtown Seoul. Insa-dong is an alley of art galleries, traditional tea houses, and other cultural places.

You Jong-Hwan, master artist in woodworking in S. Korea
The master artist was taking part in the group exhibition "Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" held from Dec. 2 through Dec. 8, 2020.

Academy Gallery is located at the first basement of Hanaro Building at Insa-dong 194-4, Jongro-gu in downtown Seoul. The gallery can be reached from Exit No. 3 of Jonggak (Subway) Station on the Subway Line No. 1.

"Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" was participated by a dozen crafts artists selected in the nation.

Master artist You Jong-Hwan is the recipient of the numerous awards from local and global arts exhibitions and art groups. He has joined well over 100 solo and group art exhibitions held home and abroad in the last decades.

Every year he has been invited to Japan for the crafts art exhibition there for the 10 years now. He says that Japan is the nation where wood crafts art is most developed in the world.

He is also a well-known photo artists. He practiced photography for nearly 20 years before he began wood crafts art.

The master artist sits on the committee of many art institutions and organizations of South Korea. He serves as judge of the screening committee of the art groups and institutions in South Korea.

Master Artist You Jong-Hwan and "Crafts Art Exhibition 2020"

You Jong-Hwan, master artist in woodworking, poses with his works at "Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" held at Academy Gallery in Seoul's Insa-dong on Dec. 2, 2020.


You Jong-Hwan, master artist in woodworking, poses with others in front of his works at "Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" held at Academy Gallery in Seoul's Insa-dong on Dec. 2, 2020.


You Jong-Hwan, master artist in woodworking, shows his works at "Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" held at Academy Gallery in Seoul's Insa-dong on Dec. 2, 2020.


You Jong-Hwan, master artist in woodworking, shows his works at "Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" held at Academy Gallery in Seoul's Insa-dong on Dec. 2, 2020.


"Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" in Seoul


"Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" in Seoul


"Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" in Seoul


"Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" in Seoul


"Crafts Art Exhibition 2020" in Seoul


Master Artist You Jong-Hwan's Sancheong Crarts Art Studio


Master Artist You Jong-Hwan poses for The Seoul Times in front of the huge pile of wood at his Sancheong Craft Art Studio in Sancheong-gun, South Gyeongsangg Province on Dec. 10, 2020.


Master Artist You Jong-Hwan (left)poses with Director Lee Gwang-Yeul of The Seoul Times at his Sancheong Craft Art Studio in Sancheong-gun, South Gyeongsangg Province on Dec. 10, 2020.
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