Everything his brush touches
on, as it travels around the world, comes alive. Sometimes it is
as characters, sometimes as drawings, and sometimes as sounds, bringing
about a revelation, that is as startling as the flash of lightning
in the middle of a dark night. His astonishing command of characters
glitters, even before going through a refining process.
Perhaps author In-sik Son has a spirit that has been purified in
his previous life - it reflects various faces of the earth, in a
mirror that is not at all cloudy. Things on earth may already have
entered into his mirror, making themselves guests to him. I heard
his sound, I saw his drawings and calligraphy, and I read his writings
- it has been a great delight, in which I found our friendship growing,
wishing for the blissful tomorrow. Along with his artwork, I cannot
help but like his humanity, which, instead of being sanctimonious,
is so generous and humble.
Eun Ko (Poet)
Artists need to have a firm
attitude regarding his/her own self. Without stubbornness and strong
sense of national identity, it is difficult for any Korean artist
to advance to theworld art market. Without understanding the value
of relentless efforts and the sacred labor of creation, we cannot
expect to achieve the supreme beauty of art.
Artists have to be relentless, never yielding, while they recognize
how to pour out their true essence onto the canvas. They must work
hard to learn highly advanced techniques and skills, which they
can say with confidence are unmatched, anywhere. This is the only
way to go beyond their personal limits, and reach the unknown. When
this is done, wecan truly say that an artist has been born. Only
then will we be able to present, with pride and confidence, works
of our own artists in any museum or exhibition. In-sik Son's art
works are the culmination of the artist's ongoing efforts to display
the beauty of Korea to the world.
If you see a piece of calligraphy, and see a person in it, you are
viewing a truly successful piece of art. But too many artists fail
to show the personhood in their works. Some might argue, "what's
wrong with seeing characters in a piece of calligraphy artwork?"
It is difficult to expect those who ask such questions, and who
are ignorant about truly successful calligraphy artwork, to find
the humanity hidden within a piece of art. In-sik Son values the
humanitarian spirit, that underpins any and all calligraphy artwork.
In his many speeches, lectures and dissertations, he has always
stressed the importance of 'characters of living human soul."
He wrote a number of books in which he emphasized the importance
of this belief, and has been highly acclaimed by many critics and
general public for his elucidation of the concept.
Do-gok, Tae-jeong Kim (Professor, Taegu Arts University)
In some ways, calligraphy
is an immortal activity that seeks to display for eternity, the
movementsof the artist's lively will, through the colors and strokes
of brush and ink. Such immortality of an artistic activity can be
achieved and safeguarded by the bridging of spaces by the ink tones
and brush strokes. They come alive through the artist's yearning
for an autonomous pure existence and imagination.
Therefore, spaces in calligraphy are the spaces into which unlimited
free will of the artist has been infused, and is a unique psychic
space whereby the ultimate life and ultimate freedom are sustained..
Anything that exists in the world belongs to those who own it. However,
not everyone can own anything in this world. Only those who focus
on their own true self, who are willing to let go of every restriction
in order to develop and create, can own what they desire. In the
artists' world, those who challenge the conventions and go beyond
them, daring to explore and create a new world, can achieve what
they desire. In-sik Son is an artist who has discovered this.
U-san, Ha-kyung Song (Professor, Sungkyunkwan University)