K.B. Hwang

Korean (1932)

About the artist:

Born in Pusan in 1932, Kyu-Baik Hwang was by 1968 a well-established painter in Korea when he decided to seek new challenges in Europe. In Paris, he studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre and printmaking at the celebrated Atelier 17. Working with founder Stanley Hayter, among the most innovative and influential printmakers of the 20th century, Hwang mastered various intaglio techniques. By the time he moved to New York City in 1970, where he was to reside for thirty years, Hwang was primarily working in color mezzotint, a print medium to which he now devotes himself exclusively. With soft lighting and colors at once vivid and subdued, Hwang depicts familiar objects in surreal settings: chairs on the lawn cast shadows on what appear to be grey skies behind; reflections of a crescent moon peek from soup bowls on the grass; a wedge of watermelon floats among rolling hills of green. His "superb prints" present "a serene world of unexpected classical calm" while offering the viewer "new meanings, new recognitions, of the realities found in (them)" (Gordon Gilkey, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Portland Art Museum). Twice prize winner at the Ljublijana Print Biennale in the former Yugoslavia, and prize winner at the Bradford Print Biennale, England, Hwang has had numerous solo exhibitions in Japan, Korea, Yugoslavia, Germany, France, Norway, England and the United States. His work is found in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The British Museum, London; The National Gallery, Oslo; the Uffizi Museum, Italy; and the Museé d'Art Moderne, Paris, inter al. Biography 1932 Born January sin Susan, Korea 1950-1954 Service in Korean War 1954-1967 Collaborates with Korean artist group Shin Jo Hyung (later Shin Sang) and exhibits his paintings regulary in Seoul. 1968 Moves to Paris to develop as a painter. Studies art history at Ecole du Louvre and attends Atelier 17 with Stanley Hayter Salon d'Art Sacre', Musee d'Art Moderne de a Ville de Paris 1969 La Muestra Internacional de Grabado y Litografia, Sala de Exposiciones de Artes Aplicadas V Oficios Artistico, Barcelona, Spain Atelier 17, Museum of Modern Art, Haifa, Israel One Man show: Miami Museum of Modern Art, Florida, USA Cinq Cents Gravures Contemporaines, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris Third International Invitational Print Show, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan, USA Atelier 17, Sala de Santa Catalina del Ateneo de Madrid, Spain 1970 Moves to New York Bienal Intennacional del Gravado de Buenos Aires, Club de Ia Estampa de Buenos Aires, Argentina One man show Bonython Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia One-man show: Keller Gallery, Goslar; West Germany Exposicao International de Gravura, Lisbon, Portugal Atelier l7 de Paris, ianua, Barcelona, Spain Biennale Internazionale deija Grafica d'Arte, Florence, Italy One-man show: Le Haut Pave, Paris British International Print Biennale, Bradford, England Atelier 17, Museo del Grabado Buenos Aires, Argentina 1971 Twenty-second National Exhibition of Prints, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA International Open Competitive Exhibiticn, The Print Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 1972 Exposicao International de Gravura, Museu de Arte Moderna Sao Paulo, Brasil Norwegian International Print Biennale, Fredrikstad, Norway British International Print Biennale, Bradford, England Biennale Internazionale della Grafica d'Arte Florence, Italy 1973 World Print Competition, The California College of Aris and Crafts, San Francisco Museum of Art Miami Graphic Biennal, Miami Art Center, Florida, USA International Open Ccmpetitive Exhibition, The Print Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA Mezzotint in black/white and color, Metzger Krasnow Galleries, Hartsdale, New York 1974 One-man shcw at La Taille Douce Brussels, Belgium British International Print Biennale, Bradford, England Biennale Internazionale delia Grafica d'Arte, Florence, ltaiy Norwegian International Print Biennate, Fredrikstad, Norway 1975 International Biennal of Graphic Art, Ljubijana, Yugoslavia One-man shcw: Brentano's Gallery, New York One-man show: Gallery Hugst, Munich, West Germany One-man show: Galiery Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad, Norway National Print Exhibition,The Brooklyn Museum, NewYork One-man show: National Arts Club, New York One-man show: The Print Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania One-man show: Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England Biennial International Open Competition, The Print Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1976 One-man show: Vika Kunst, Oslo, Norway International Print Biennale, Krakow, Poiand Norwegian Internaticnal Print Biennale, Fredrikstad, Norway Intergrafica 76, Katowice, Poland British international Print Biennale, Bradford, England 1977 International Biennale Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo One-man show: Galerie des Maitres Contemporaines, Aix-en-Provence, France International Biennal of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 1978 One-man show: Rockford College, Illinois, USA One-man show: Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA One-man show: LArtisanerie, Dijon, France International Print Biennale, Krakow, Poland Graphica Creativa 78, The Museum of Central Finland, Jyvaskyla Finland Norwegian International Print Biennale, Fredrikstad, Norway One-man show: Hyundai Gallery, Seoul Intergrafica 78, Katowice Poland 1979 International Biennal of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia Volkschoschule Leverkusen, West Germany 1980 International Print Biennale, Krakow, Poland British Internationat Print Biennale, Bradford, England Intergraficao, katowice, Poland 1981 One-man show: Gallery Brauer, Rotenburg, Wesi Germany One-man show: Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA One-man show: Howard/Mandville Gallery, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia One-man show: Mladinska knjiga Gallery, Liubijana, Yugoslavia Internationat Biennal of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 1981-1982 Magic Realism, Portland (Oregon) Museum, Utah Museum, Phoenix (Arizona) Museum, Boise (Idaho) Museum, USA 1982 International Triennial of Original Colored Graphic Prints, Grenchen Switzerland One-man show: Sun Gallery, Seoul British International Print Biennale, Bradford, England 1983 International Mezzotint Competition, Print Ciub, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania International Biennaj of Graphic Art, Ljubijana, Yugoslavia 1984 Mezzotint Masters, Gallery Colonial, El Paso, Texas, USA British international Print Biennale, Bradford, England "Art and Sports" (the official fine art portfolio and posters for the 1984 Winter Oiympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia), Spectrum Fine Art Gallery, New York 1985 International Biennal of Graphic Art, Liubijana, Yugoslavia One-man show: Hyundai Gallery, Seoul 1986 British International Print Biennale, Bradford, England 1987 International Biennal of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia Christie's Contemporary Art London, Tokyo 1988 One-man show at Hyundai Gallery, Seoul One-man show: Saper Galleries, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

K.B. Hwang

Korean (1932)

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About the artist:

Born in Pusan in 1932, Kyu-Baik Hwang was by 1968 a well-established painter in Korea when he decided to seek new challenges in Europe. In Paris, he studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre and printmaking at the celebrated Atelier 17. Working

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