Beautiful Examples of Korean Calligraphy

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Calligraphy is the art of using lettering or words to create harmonious and expressive images. Although calligraphy can be created with Western languages, it is both most common and most well-known in Eastern languages, such as Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean. Below are a series of calligraphic images in Korean. I find these works particularly interesting because of their simplicity. Most of them use only black, white, and one other color, or none at all. This lack of visual complexity allows the viewer to look deeper into the meaning of the piece, and find thought-provoking details.


History

Korean calligraphy has an ancient history of tradition and expression. As an art form, it began to emerge during Korea’s Three Kingdoms era (100BC -668CE). It was used as a form of mental exercise amongst upper-class Korean men and philosophers. Even though the Korean language was fully developed, Chinese characters were common in Korean calligraphy until the early 1800′s. Sadly, war with Japan destroyed many of Korea’s greatest art treasures, and only a handful of calligraphic pieces survived.

Artistic Qualities

Calligraphy is commonly created with a pen and/or a brush dipped in black ink. The appearance of ink brushed on parchment is universally aesthetically pleasing. It has a basic, natural feel, and is soothing to look at. The combination of rough and smooth edges where brush strokes start and end create a naturalistic look and accentuate the simplicity of the piece. In addition, the angled brush strokes can make the lettering come alive, lending a feeling of flow and motion to static images. Looking at calligraphy, one can almost see the brush touching the paper in their mind. Korean calligraphy in particular is often about nature, with characters representing different natural objects. A calligrapher makes these objects dance and come to life.

Examples

Conclusion

The simplicity and feeling of movement in calligraphy creates beautiful, naturalistic work. Using universal ideas such as hand-lettering, large amounts of white space, and a limited colour scheme, one can make their work stand out and become something truly special.

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12 Comments - Leave a comment

  1. February 2, 2012

    aku sangat menyukai khaligrafinya

  2. Regan
    March 1, 2012

    Do you know anyone that I could hire to write a phrase in Korean Calligraphy for me. Thank you!

    • Ron
      March 1, 2012

      Hmm… I can’t seem to find anyone online.

    • David
      September 12, 2012

      Did you happen to find someone? I’m also looking.

    • Tresa
      June 9, 2013
    • Jung HunHee
      June 17, 2016

      I know the one who is korean calligraphy with lots of experiences.
      If you are still looking for someone to be hired, contact me through e-mail.
      I can give you some artwork of her.

  3. June 9, 2013

    I found this one.

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  1. [...] Beautiful Examples of Korean Calligraphy By Jason Cho | July 14, 2010 in Typography Calligraphy is the art of using lettering or words to create harmonious and expressive images. Although calligraphy can be created with Western languages, it is both most common and most well-known in Eastern languages, such as Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean. Below are a series of calligraphic images in Korean. I find these works particularly interesting because of their simplicity. Most of them use only black, white, and one other color, or none at all. This lack of visual complexity allows the viewer to look deeper into the meaning of the piece, and find thought-provoking details. [...]

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