Every day for ‘Sock Man’ Park until the end of 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Seong-Suk ‘Sock Man’ Park was working alone for a third year Image copyright EPA Image caption Artist Seong-Suk ‘Sock Man’ Park will spend at least three more years…

Every day for 'Sock Man' Park until the end of 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Seong-Suk ‘Sock Man’ Park was working alone for a third year

Image copyright EPA Image caption Artist Seong-Suk ‘Sock Man’ Park will spend at least three more years on his “periodical series” paintings

A South Korean artist who paints every day for at least three years said he would continue working on his paintings.

Seong-Suk “Sock Man” Park spent every day since 2005 in a studio with the same unfinished series of pictures.

Mr Park, 71, said he would keep painting till the end of the year.

He first decided to set up a studio and paint every day in 2013 – a year after he retired as a trading executive.

He said he was inspired by an old Russian painting called Thus Spake Zarathustra that seems to depict time, leaving Mr Park worried that his work would never finish.

‘Crime scene’

Mr Park said he began to paint in 2008 as a “crime scene” reference, but later ended up painting “every day”.

He started with a series of “on purpose found” images that he chose to revisit over a few years.

Image copyright EPA Image caption The painting was inspired by a painting by Alexander Calder

They depict an old Korean woman holding a bowl of food, a car and an open door, while the gallery in front of the picture is decorated with gnomes.

The paintings share Mr Park’s “sense of the absurd”, says CNN.

His work – which has appeared in public art galleries around the world – has attracted the attention of major cultural figures and academics.

The National Gallery of Korea has exhibited the works before, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna has also shown them.

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