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Ha Chong-Hyun (1935-)

Ha Chong-Hyun works with plain, woven hemp into which he pushes thick paint from the obverse side of the canvas. Ha’s interest in the simple muted tones of hemp stem from his work in the 1970s when he bravely explored non-traditional materials including plaster, newspaper, barbed wire, and the burlap that was used to transport food aid from the U.S. following the Korean War. Ha’s use of oil paint synthesized the traditions of both the East and the West. His technique of pushing paint through the canvas from behind remains a powerful gesture, all the more because of the formal beauty and subtle gesture captured using this approach.

Ha Chong-Hyun has lived and worked in Seoul since graduating from Hongik University in 1959. Awarded an honorary doctorate degree, he served as the Dean of the Fine Arts College from 1990 to 1994. From 2001 to 2006 Ha was the Director of the Seoul Museum of Art. Ha has exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues such as Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea (2004) and Mudima Foundation of Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy (2003). He was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea in 2012.