Gwangju Intangible Cultural Property No. 21 Tanghua


Everlasting Legacies of Korea

Gwangju Intangible Cultural Property No. 21 Tanghua +

Classification Intangible Cultural Property
Designated date 2012.11.26
location Buk-gu, Gwangjugwangyeok-si
Song Gwang-mu (1911-1998), who was born in 1954 in Unsu-dong, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju, began studying Buddhist painting with his father, Song Bok-dong (1911-1998). In the year when it was designated as a tang crematorium, it moved from Gwangsan-gu to Hwaam-dong, Buk-gu.

He continued his tradition by learning from his father about the functions of the Buddhist temple, and conducted tanghwa, dancheong, ancestral statues, and gaegeum (re-painting the statue) at more than 100 temples across the country, including Odaesan Mountain, Baekyangsa Temple, and Seonunsa Temple. Recently, he has been working on the research of traditional Buddhist paintings through the excavation and reproduction of natural stone-colors, whose production techniques have not been handed down.

The main characteristics of his Buddhist paintings are the use of iron wire among the 18 brush strokes, the use of the side, the natural coloring used in traditional Buddhist paintings, and the use of traditional natural stoneware. Also, the difference between Gubong and Song Gwang-mu's discord is that the most distinctive feature of the Gubong picture's tanghwa is the expression of 'clouds'. Hwamaek leads to Bakseokcho→Songbokdong→Songgwangmu.

Song Kwang-moo's investigation report on fire (tang) makeup (2012)


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