Two Houses. Original color aquatint and etching, 1978. Edition of 100 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. His graphics, as this one, are distinctive and exceptional because of a soft feathered gray background, which contains familiar objects in surreal settings. Calm colors and gentle shaping make a mystical and unreal composition, like a feeling when we try to evoke a forgotten dream.