Suh Se-ok started his artistic career in 1949 and gradually became a master of modern Korean drawings. He was at the forefront of the Korean art scene for more than 50 years. Of the over 900 Korean pictures on display at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, about 100 of them are donated works of his. Debuting during a chaotic era following Japanese colonialism, he went through an experimental stage in the 1950s and 1960s, leading a new movement of abstract ink-and-wash paintings. Various trends within Korean art history can be found in his work—for which he used Korean paper, ink sticks and traditional bushes.