Tree & Handkerchief. Original color aquatint and etching, 1978. 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. Here, Hwang create a theatrical atmosphere putting this handkerchief behind the tree and makes a dreamy stage with those colors of the night.