"Time and Space, Gesture and Rhythm" – Sunyoung Hwang

Inside London-based painter Sunyoung Hwang's Studio

If Sunyoung Hwang strikes you as quiet, it's probably because she's thinking – likely, much more deeply than anyone else in the room. With a practice that foregrounds interiority, she creates abstractions which mesmerise the viewer. Her stream-of-consciousness method of composition often relies on intuition overlapped with conceptions of time and space. In turn, Hwang's process becomes as vital as the final product. Together, this results in works that feel like they've been caught in a moment – the ideas and emotions expressed can never be finished, only (barely) contained by the canvas.

To learn more, we went to her studio to see what she had been working on.

Lifting, 2020, Acrylic, Oil on Canvas, 76.5 x 66.5 cm, Photo by Ollo Weguelin
Photo by Ollo Weguelin
Night Sky 1, 2020, Acrylic on Paper, 28 x 22 cm, Framed, Photo by Ollo Weguelin
Slow-Wave Sleep, 2020, Acrylic on Paper, 28 x 23.5, Photo by Ollo Weguelin
Night Sky 2, 2020, Acrylic on Paper, 28 x 22 cm, Framed, Photo by Ollo Weguelin
Photo by Ollo Weguelin
Caffeinism, 2020, Acrylic, Oil on Canvas, 132 x 112 cm, Photo by Ollo Weguelin
Photo by Ollo Weguelin
Broken Sleep, 2017, 183 x 153 cm, Acrylic, Oil on Canvas, Photo by Ollo Weguelin

Sunyoung Hwang

lives and works in London. She received her BFA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2012) and completed a MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (2016). Exploring physical and psychological layering with an intuitive approach to painting, Hwang overlaps multitudinous layers of different times and spaces, tempos and rhythms, gestures and emotions without preliminary sketches, drawings or photographic references. She has exhibited internationally and her solo shows include: I Feel Guilty About Missing You. Because I Didn’t Feel Guilty About Leaving You, Galerie ERD, Seoul (2019); The Echoes of Forgotten Nights, Nunnery Gallery, London (2018); With Half-Closed Eyes, Galerie ERD, Seoul (2017); Liminal Moment, Project Gallery, Arundel (2016). Recently group exhibitions include: Antisocial Isolation, The Saatchi Gallery, London (2020); Urban Reckoning, The Koppel Project Hive, London (2020); Delphian x Guts, The Factory, London (2019); Last Night a Brush Saved My Life, The Address Gallery, Brescia (2019). Hwang was longlisted for Jackson’s Painting Prize (2020), selected as a finalist for Young Contemporary Talent (2018) and the winner of the Chadwell Award (2016). She has previously participated in residencies including Hangar Residency at Hangar Artistic Research Centre, Lisbon (2019), and SÍM Residency at The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavík (2015).

All contributions from Sunyoung Hwang

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