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peggy wrote at 2007-10-23 20:27:42
Hello Lesley,

I too have recently obtained a painting by an artist named hoe won and have been searching on the web to locate the artist. Mine is also mostly yellow wild flowers but in a vase not a basket. It brightens up the room that I put it in but I have been unsuccessful in finding other artwork or even any info about the artist. Oh well,just enjoy it.


Cathi wrote at 2008-09-10 04:01:41
We lived in Korea from 1981-1992.  At the time there was a watercolor artist whose pictures were signed "Hoe Won" and whose work was available in Seoul.  They were very popular among the foreigners living there because they depicted very Korean subjects in a fashion familiar to the Western eye.  The watercolors of Korean folk dancers and landscapes of the Korean countryside were especially well received.  We have several of these pieces in our home to this day.  Perhaps this is the artist you were looking for?  If you like your yellow flowers as well as I like my folk dancers, you're a happy camper indeed!  All the best.   Cathi

prairiebird wrote at 2008-11-13 20:03:06
My husband purchased some Hoe Won work when he was stationed in Korea...we have some and he also gave some as gifts to family members around the states. Our favorite is one two women carrying baskets on their heads and walking near a stone bridge....there is little detail in the human forms, just a soft suggestion. The bridge and foreground have more defined detail, but overall the work is muted shapes, but you know what is there. We have wondered about this artist too.

prairiewoman wrote at 2008-11-13 20:16:16
Found on internet at Eldred's Auction Site:

Lot #1015

Temp #19734    Sold For


KOREAN WATERCOLOR Depicting two ladies in a landscape with cottage. Signed lower right. By Hoe Won. 13 1/2" x 19 1/2".

Lot #1032

Temp #19735    Sold For


KOREAN WATERCOLOR Depicting two ladies in a temple and mountain landscape. Signed lower right. By Hoe Won. 13 1/2" x 19 1/2".

Terry Weaver wrote at 2009-06-17 11:19:59
I have paintings by Hoe Won.  My father purchased them in the 1970s while living in Taegu Korea.  The paintings may also be from Seoul.  I have multiple abstract oil and acrylic paintings- most of which are in storage. I also have multiple water colors in a traditional Korean style that are exquisite and proudly displayed in my home.  I doubt they are valuable, but I love them.  I have never been able to find much about Hoe Won, but know my father knew him I believe he had a shop near one of the army/airforce bases in Korea.  Some of the paintings were commissions- a painting of a horse and sports paintings,  The watercolors are the best,

Terry Weaver

Don wrote at 2009-07-04 19:50:11
I have two water colors by Hoe Won purchased in the late 70s from California Auction Services. If you could track down Vaugh Bigelow perhaps he could give you addition information. At the time Hoe was described as a visiting art professor.

Linda Cast wrote at 2009-08-01 19:04:48

I have also found a painting by Hoe Won (in Austin, TX)! This is a watercolor of a house in winter. Beautifully done. It's in a frame with unusual thick staples, and the backing includes a layer of newspaper (in Chinese), and a layer of brown paper that is two sided, in which the bottom side is also newspaper. Will post here if I find him.

prairiebird wrote at 2010-06-18 20:59:10
The artist is Korean.

Many military families have some of his work. We have two very nice watercolors.

Frank Bridges wrote at 2010-07-06 16:58:26
Mr Hoe Won is/was a living national monument in the Republic of Korea.  His paintings hang in galleries around the world.  Unfortunately, i don't know anything about the value but i have a very large original watercolor.  A professor of literature at the Korean Military Academy told about his status as a living legend.  I would think that some of his larger watercolors would be worth a few thousand dollars.

Mary Darling wrote at 2011-05-15 18:44:45
I purchased 3 prints of Hoe Won yesterday at a yard sale. One is of two women carrying jars, one of  woman carring a child on her back and a very large jar. The third picture is a woman with something like a tamborine and line.

Isabella wrote at 2012-04-29 05:25:01
I recently purchased two watercolours signed by Hoe Won at two different thrift store here in Denver.  One is a winter scene of a house with a snow-covered thatched the foreground is a woman carrying a jug on her head.  The one I purchased today is smaller, but more colorful and depicts 5 Asian drummers in colorful costumes.  This person must have been quite prolific.  These watercolours are quite magical.  i've looked at all the posts and am wondering if anyone has further Isabellainformation on this artist?

Marty1234 wrote at 2012-05-06 04:08:28
About three years ago I found a watercolor by hoe won at a garage sale in Los Angeles. It's of two boats I guess you'd call them junk boats the sales are very tattered, they're both off center with a cloudy backdrop and what's especially nice is the the way the light filters down between each boat spanning the sky and the sea..the picture measures 14"x21"

nimasonry wrote at 2012-06-12 04:38:53
I have had a difficult time gleaning inofrmation about How Won I recently found a very nice painting at a local thrift store depicting women cleaning clothes at a stream with the building behind an arched is very nice...I found it with another painting by whom it appears to be signed by Park Vosu? in very similar style, of a family of four with items on their heads walking somewhere.  They are in matching frames...

alyb wrote at 2012-11-16 20:32:31
so glad I found this page as I too have a painting (oil on canvas) by Hoe Won. Purchased at a thrift store or garage sale in Texas at least 9-10 years ago as I remember it in my possession somehow since @2003 .  Beautiful night scene of a city street after a rain. The lights shimmer off of the puddles on the street...... the human figures are subdued in shape, many of them wearing a straight brimmed straw hit which for years I saw as a sombrero as one of the human figures is on a donkey or horse figure.  I could always make out the first name as Hoebut the last name was a puzzle as the signature (lower right) is in red paint against a dark background.  

SkyeRanger wrote at 2016-02-19 23:49:49
I just purchased one of Hoe, Won's water color paintings at a local estate sale this morning ~ dancers with drums. I was luckier than some, it would appear.  Included in the pocket on the back of the framed painting is a resume' of the artist through to they year 1989, which is when I assume this painting was originally purchased.  I have not scanned or typed the resume' yet for posting online, but I will do so.  I am aware that some of the posts here are fairly old, but I am sure that others are interested too. Hoe, Won was born in 1927 fyi, and began his art schooling in 1948.

YoungDahl Song wrote at 2016-03-05 14:19:18
I have several of Hoe Won's watercolors and would be pleased to read the resume SkyeRanger mentioned.  I can read Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.

jkyds wrote at 2016-07-31 21:16:32
A message to SkyRanger.

Please send me a copy of that resume of Hoe Won to  I will read and post it for people interested in knowing more about this artist.

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