Koo Myung Bon’s fascination with old objects has been evident from his earliest works. When we visit his studio we can clearly see his patterns with well-organized old stuff and the mood of the studio. His deep respect for the writers of the past and his self-confidence, acquired over time, are evident.
He used to paint very classic objects with a classical art style. It is thus natural that he is now focusing on pine trees as a motif. As we know, pine trees are easily found in the Korean mountains and have a long history with Korea. As an artistic object, pine trees have a rougher, tougher and harder image than other plants, especially flowers. It is a masculine image and, since it has longevity genes, this tree has become part of Korean life since time immemorial. It is a symbol of strength and luxury with its evergreen leaves.
Koo Myung Bon gives us the feeling that he arrives at the pine tree as an object of all the above motifs with few pictorial clues.