Le Bois de Boulogne. Original color aquatint and etching, 1980. Edition of 30 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. The Bois de Boulogne is a large public park in Paris, and one of the biggest in Europe. Hwang’s association to the park is depicted as a labyrinth which can lead us to think about imposing largeness of the park.