Women at Work

North Korean linocuts made by People’s Artist

We commissioned 12 works by Hwang In Jae in 2012, on the theme of employment for women. This work is characterised by skilled draftsmanship, cutting and a poetic use of colour palette. The beauty of his work lies in his ability to catch the rhythm of a piece, to make it reflect the actual job the female protagonist is employed in , from the simplicity and delicacy of ‘Friendly Bus Conductor’ to the boldness and pace of ‘Propaganda Unit’ . Hwang undertook the work from observations in Pyongyang and references to his notes and sketches used on his regular trips to the countryside.

There is a limited edition of ten pieces per print and Koryo Studio will keep the first edition. The early editions will be kept as full sets (12 x 2/10- 5/10) and sold at a discounted rate  but individual prints from 5/10 upwards are for sale.

This is truly a remarkable opportunity to purchase works by North Korea’s finest linocut artist on one of his few external commissions.

About the artist 

Hwang In Jae
Linocut artist and painter 

(1943-2015)

Hwang was born in Changchun City China, studied in Pyongyang and graduated from the University of Fine Arts in 1968. He moved to the main art studio in Pyongyang 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 two other bodies of work: ‘Heroines and Villains’, ‘Ship Building’

A number of his works are in the collection of the British Museum and  ‘The fairy of the Kumgang Mountains’ (2009) is in the Queensland Art Gallery collection (commission by Koryo Studio for the Sixth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art). His works are also to be found in Phaidon’s publication ‘Printed in North Korea’ by Nicholas Bonner.

North Korean Linocut

Artworks

North Korean Linocut

Traffic Policewoman (Winter)
Year: 2012
Size: 71 x 65 cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L035

North Korean Linocut

Traffic Policewoman
Year: 2012
Size: 59 x 69 cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L036

North Korean Linocut

Train Controller
Year: 2012
Size: 49 x 70  cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L037

North Korean Linocut

Bus conductor
Year: 2012
Size: 49 x 69  cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L038

North Korean Linocut

Clam Fishers

Year: 2012
Size: 52 x 70 cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L039

North Korean Linocut

Propaganda Artists
Year: 2012
Size: 52 x 70 cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L040

North Korean Linocut

Subway Conductor
Year: 2012
Size: 63 x 69 cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L041

North Korean Linocut

Tour Guide
Year: 2012
Size: 52 x 69 cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L042

North Korean Linocut

Rice Planting
Year: 2012
Size: 51 x 70  cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L043

North Korean Linocut

Friendly Bus conductor
Year: 2012
Size: 69 x 49 cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L044

North Korean Linocut

Propaganda Unit

Year: 2012
Size: 48 x 69 cm
Edition of 10
Artist: Hwang In Jae
Price: 1600 EUR
ID: L045

Artworks featured in Commissions are available for sale. Please inquire with us about availability.

Further Commissioned Works

Heroines and Villains 80 x
Heroines and Villains
Unique comic book linocut experiment, Heroes and Villains
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Tourist Map of Pyongyang
Gareth Fuller’s artworks are available as a special signed edition of 1,000 affordable silkscreen prints
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#85. CHON YONG SIK, 58, Bookshop Manager, Majon Guesthouse Resort
Photography: Matjaž Tančič
A series of more than 100 3D portraits of local North Koreans by this award winning photographer
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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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October 9, 2020
North Korean Linocut

Women at Work