Lim Oksang (b.1950) is one of the leading artists of the Minjung (People's) Movement of public art. His works - painting, calligraphy, sculpture and performance - poignantly relate a vulnerable human presence and the importance of the individual and continues to assert the relevance of the Minjung Movement to the present by addressing a diverse range of topics. Lim's work reflects the inextricable Yin and Yang principles of Taoist philosophy. The five elements of Taoist metaphysics which Lim uses as a metaphor for a psychological, social and political state of being - expressive of a land that is wounded by industrial exploitation without regard to the environment and to the oppression of its people.
In the "Heurk" series, the artist uses his fingers, sticks or even a shovel over a ground formed of accumulated layers of soil, straw, mulberry paper (Hanji) and water to alternately soften or make incisive marks expressive of the immediacy of his mind acting on the material like wind on a landscape.
His works have been exhibited at Changwon Sculpture Biennale, S. Korea, Silla Gyeongju National Museum, National Museum of Korea Contemporary History, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu in Korea (2014), and Beijing Biennale, among others. His works have been collected by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art , S. Korea; Seoul Museum of Art, S. Korea; Busan Museum of Art, S. Korea; Ho-Am Museum, S. Korea; Sungkok Art Museum, S. Korea; Gana Foundation for Art and Culture, Seoul, S. Korea.