Moments of Peace: Watercolors by Sunghyun Moon

Posted: May 14, 2019

2019 sym moon at work in studio 2x1 72dpi

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open an exhibition of watercolor art by Korean artist Sunghyun Moon on June 29.

Moments of Peace: Watercolors by Sunghyun Moon showcases the large-scale watercolor works of the Korean native, who will visit the KIA on July 25 (see below).

Based in Paris and South Korea, Moon's technique has been likened to the style of mid-20th century American painters like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. He has been featured in eight solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions throughout Korea.

In reflecting on his work, he has talked about exploring in a figurative way the pains felt during my life, and the meditative flow between paint and paper, which are just like my praying spirit while working these layers. Viewers will understand his references to rest and serenity, and an honesty that has nothing to hide.

Moon layers, drips, and splatters his watercolors, taking advantage of their fluid and translucent nature, says KIA Curatorial Fellow Fari Nzinga, who is organizing the show. His evocative paintings invite viewers to contemplate each work's surface to explore the unique compositions of color, texture, and depth.

The exhibition continues through October 13.

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