A Memoir of Water: Works by Young-Il Ahn

December 18, 2014,

Young-Il Ahn

A Memoir of Water: Works by Young-Il Ahn features 31 large-scale abstractions that examine the seemingly endless portrayals of the element. Due to the transformative experience of being lost at sea and his mastery of the medium, Young-Il Ahn skillfully and methodically paints portraits of the ocean in an array of colors and textures that has led him to develop his work into a profoundly contemporary aesthetic. His dexterity with the oil medium borders on the unconvincing and must be experienced in person to be fully understood. His practice is meticulous and encourages a meditative state during the creative process. Before he begins his daily painting, Ahn plays the piano, clarinet and cello, which fulfills his long-standing love affair with music. Each layer, each color, each stroke of the palate knife is deliberately applied while in a state of utter concentration. Astonishingly, Ahn knows what the finished painting will look like before he even begins to paint.