Flower. Original color aquatint and etching, 1976. Edition of A.P. (artist’s proof) signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Kyu-Baik Hwang is contemporary painter and printmaker, from South Korea. He served in the military during the Korean War, and after the war he began to paint. Latter, he traveled across Europe and America and got inspired by many of their cultures and artists. Displacing ordinary objects from their original environments, typical for his works is often compared to Surrealist’s art from the 20th-century. Unlike surrealists, who rejected mind control and try to show the world of the unconscious, Hwang stimulates viewers’ imagination. He presents an extra-ordinary, imaginary world through ordinary spaces and objects, using different methods from printmaking to painting. This rose is combined with matches, that give the rose some kind of cover. Both, the rose and the match can be something dangerous, but not here – the rose is not depicted with thorns and the matches are unlit. They are depicted on a handkerchief in the grass which are very common motives in Hwang’s graphics.