Hwang Ho-sup sprinkles some 'Stardust' is Galerie Bhak

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Hwang Ho-sup sprinkles some 'Stardust' is Galerie Bhak

Artist Hwang Ho-sup's paintings now on view at Galerie Bhak in central Seoul. [GALERIE BHAK]

Artist Hwang Ho-sup's paintings now on view at Galerie Bhak in central Seoul. [GALERIE BHAK]

 
Now hanging in Galerie Bhak in Hannam-dong, central Seoul, are large-size paintings filled with numerous gleaming color points. They are latest works by Hwang Ho-sup, 66, a Korean abstract artist who was active in France for more than three decades before returning to Korea a few years ago.  
 
The exhibition is titled “Stardust,” in accordance with the images of the paintings, which are reminiscent of nebulae or close-ups of ore surfaces. In order to create the images, or “to create spaces between particles of paints,” as Lee Dae-hyung, director of Hzone, describes in an essay for the solo show, Hwang paints color points, washes the paints and then paints over the traces of the colors, repeating this process many times.
 
“Hwang Ho-sup since the beginning of his career as a painter has always known how to play with colors, paying attention to their combination and also to the choice of materials, readily mineral pigments,” Pierre Cambon, chief curator of the Guimet Museum in Paris, wrote in a French essay for the exhibition. Cambon compares Hwang’s works to “a chromatic fireworks display of infinite richness” and to “still unexplored stellar landscapes.”  
 
Cambon also wrote that, as for the paintings for which colors were sprayed with a compressor, "a different vision emerges, calmer, more peaceful and more meditative,” as these paintings have more depth in their spaces, while also having less of a feeling of movement.
 
Hwang graduated from École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1984. He has held nearly one hundred solo shows at galleries and museums across the world including Galerie Jean Fournier in Paris and Gallery Hyundai in Seoul. His works are featured in the collections of the Cartier Foundation and the Seoul Museum of Art among others.  
 
The solo show "Stardust" runs through June 12. 
 
BY MOON SO-YOUNG [symoon@joongang.co.kr]
 
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