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Chung Sang-Hwa (1932-)

Repetition and process are central themes in the art of Chung Sang-Hwa whose beautiful works elicit powerful feelings of calm. Chung’s work is a result of a laborious technique that allows for a profound unity between the artist and the artwork. His process is as follows: the artist composes a base layer with zinc primer on canvas, he then folds the dry canvas at regular intervals and removes the fragments of paint from the cracked lines, subsequently filling those voids with acrylic paint. Chung’s sensitive application of paint filling the fine cracks imbues them with emotional resonance and the hairline fissures resemble skin, evoking our body’s ability to heal and renew itself.

Chung Sang-Hwa is well known not only in Korea but also in France and Japan. His recent group exhibitions include Qi is Full, the inaugural exhibition of the Daegu Art Museum, Korea (2011), A Look at Contemporary Art, Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju, Korea (2009), and Voyage Sentimental, Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland (2008), and Korean Monochromism: Methods, Ideas and Spirits, Busan Museum of Art (1998). Chung had a major retrospective at Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole in 2011.