IEAS Exhibit Series — Arts of Asia

Universal Mountain: The Paintings of Ahn Sahn

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October 16, 2006 – January 12, 2007
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
IEAS Lobby, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

Jung-Moo Ahn (pen name: Ahn Sahn) was born on the mountainous Korean pensinsula. Ahn earned the BFA in Oriental Painting from Hong-Ik University in Seoul. There, he studied brush strokes in the tradition of classical Chinese painting and six principles of Chinese painting set forth by Hsieh Ho in the 5th century. Ahn's work follows primarily the first principle of capturing the resonance of the spirit. For over thirty years, he has continued to work on mastering his techniques, and his paintings have been exhibited throughout the world.

Born in a mountainous country, Ahn lived for several years in the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and lush landscape inspired him. He is now a resident of the Bay Area where Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tamalpais have become subjects in his exploration of "the universal mountain." Says Ahn: "The subject of my painting is nature... [I] try to create a live painting that displays a harmony and rhythm with its strong and weak lines, and also reflects the beauty, goodness and truth of its subject... As an artist, I will continue to breathe through my canvas and brush while surrounded in this ever true and changing nature."

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