Min Kyoung-Kap, known by many as Eusan, is considered one of the top artists representing and preserving Korea’s art and culture. He is well known for using traditional Korean rice paper and ink brushes, but cultivating his own interpretations of ancient Korean art forms by experimenting with abstract and figurative styles and colours. Born in 1933 in Chungcheongnam-Do, South Korea, Eusan’s career has spanned more than sixty years. His many accolades have earned him an official membership into the National Academy of Art Republic of Korea, an honor given only to a select few. Eusan was also invited to do a solo exhibition, entitled “In Nature,” in Paris, France for UNESCO. From the beginning, his aim has been to capture not the outward surface of reality but the eternal image inscribed in the human heart. His approach has been to select familiar images in his mind, strip them of the incidental and inessential, and present their innermost essences. While searching for ways of giving a precise shape to his love for nature, Eusan developed a special attachment to mountains, and the use of mountains have become a recurring theme in his paintings.

The tyrannical heat of summer must yield its sway to autumn when the gentle breeze caresses the leaves. Bees and butterflies visit even those flowers which bloom and fade unnoticed in a lonely valley. There is no creature on earth which can disobey the laws of Nature. I have always lived in accordance with the ways of Nature, and have made Nature the subject of my works. I have always lived in accordance with the ways of Nature, and have made Nature the subject of my works. Now, at the age of eighty, my hair has grown thin and my face is covered with wrinkles. Even though I know that it is the work of time, I cannot help but regret the change. But that doesn’t mean I am in despair. I still have strength enough to wield the brush, and there are still subjects waiting to be memorialised on my canvas. Therefore I am happy. And even today I am surveying nature for those objects that seem to embody the Korean heart and spirit. People call the times we’re living in the global era. I, however, feel that my roots are right in the soil that I’m standing on. And the air of this country and the scent of this land sustain my life. Even today I look at Nature and it speaks to me. Nature continues to be my best teacher and my dearest companion, as it always has been.