This painting is part of Young-Il Ahn's illustrious Water Series. For more than 30 years, Ahn has been attempting to capture the illusive, shimmering color and light of water in his paintings. This painting is one of a handful of works in Ahn's Water Series to feature nuanced horizon lines, reflecting upon the experience he had being shipwrecked, which helped inspire this series.; In 2017, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) acquired part of this series and then presented Unexpected Light: Works by Young Il Ahn, the first solo exhibition of a Korean American artist at LACMA. Curated by Virginia Moon, LACMA's assistant curator of Korean art, the exhibition featured 10 large oil paintings from Ahn's Water Series. Moon wrote at the time, 'The Water series (1983-ongoing) takes inspiration from [Ahn's] experience of being lost on the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Monica. In 1983, Ahn was aboard a small fishing boat when he was caught in a fog so dense that he could not see his hands in front of his face; suddenly, the fog cleared, revealing sunlight on the water all around him. This vision and experience would shape his practice for decades to come.' <b>Artist Background:</b> Born in Gaeseong, Korea, in 1934, Ahn is renowned for making intricate, large-scale paintings that explore his relationship with beauty, nature and music. His work is frequently associated with Dansaekhwa, an aesthetic position specific to Korea, which expresses natural processes through a mostly monochromatic palette. As a Korean-born painter working in the U.S., Ahn is unique among Dansaekhwa artists. Ahn's work has been featured in many museum shows. But for him,the most important was in 2017, when his monographic exhibition opened at LACMA. The first museum show Ahn saw after moving to the US was at LACMA. It featured the work of Willem de Kooning. About that show, Ahn has said, "I was deeply moved and at the same time greatly challenged. The notion that someday I would have my own LACMA exhibition was simply unfathomable. Water

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