Ship Building

In March 2011 Nicholas Bonner commissioned and curated a body of work from DPRK’s (North Korea’s) most prestigious art institution ‘Mansudae Art Gallery’.  The subject matter was to study ship construction and it’s associated industry.

In April and May 2011, seven artists went to the east coast port of Wonsan for 8 days,  three of the artists then visited the nearby west sea port of Nampo for 5 days. They stayed in small local hotels on the sea front, following the ship builders and the life of the port, sketching and photographing during the day and eating fresh fish, drinking soju (rice wine) in the evening. Unfortunately, the project was suddenly cancelled by the art studio and the reasons were never made clear. The only pieces we received were the works by Hwang In Jae, one of the most famous printmakers in North Korea and a People’s Artist.

 

 

Port at Night

About the artist

Hwang In Jae
Linocut artist and painter
Hwang was born in Changchun city China, studied in Pyongyang and graduated from University of Fine Arts in 1968.  various accolades. He moved to Mansudae Art Studio in the late 1970’s and was honoured with various prizes and the title of People’s Artist (the highest award). We had the honour of working with Hwang in the last decade of his life, a wonderfully talented artist and a great personality. His works are extremely collectable (we have several older pieces in our collection) and we were fortunate not only to be the only foreigners to commission him directly but also to receive three bodies of work ‘Heroines and Villains’, ‘Women at Work’ and ‘Ship Building’

Artist Hwang In Jae

Selected Artwork

Worker at a port

Worker at a Port
Year: 2011
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Linoleum
Size: 78 x 62 cm
Price: 550 EUR
ID: L006

Port at Night

Port at Night
Year: 2011
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Linoleum
Size: 52 x 80 cm
Price: 550 EUR
ID: L007

Sunrise at Port

Sunrise at the Port
Year: 2011
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Linoleum
Size: 50 x 80 cm
Price: 550 EUR
ID: L008

Fisherman

Fisherman
Year: 2011
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Linoleum
Size: 72 x 52 cm
Price: 550 EUR
ID: L009

Great Harvest of the Sea

Great Harvest of the Sea
Year: 2011
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Linoleum
Size: 58 x 80 cm
Price: 700 EUR
ID: L010

Shipping is charged at 80 EUR or artworks may be collected from our studio in Beijing. Art may be returned to our office within 10 days of receipt for full refund less bank charges.

Further Commissioned Works

Guarding-the-Skies
The Spiritual Core of Korea
Iconic roles of females in North Korean society
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#85. CHON YONG SIK, 58, Bookshop Manager, Majon Guesthouse Resort
Photography: Matjaž Tančič
A series of more than 100 portraits of local North Koreans photographed
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Single Hearted Unity Cover
Single Hearted Unity
Regular exhibitions of hand-painted propaganda posters we would like to distinguish from the fine art which we commission
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Reflection of a Rocket
The Future is Bright
Linocuts depicting man's exploration of outer space and ocean floor
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