: Seung-pyo HONG
While unexpected materials are common in Hong’s work, he blends these materials with traditional media such as hanji(mulberry) paper. Hong spreads the paper on a natural soil floor. The room in which the paper is place is heated to a particular temperature for an entire year to achieve the brownish hue. For black pigment, Hong finely grinds traditional Korean roof tiles. The deep red paint found in many of Hong’s panels is cinnabar. By using cinnabar, Hong references traditional Korean talismans and charms which are created with the pigment. Thus Hong infuses his paintings with the same spiritual energy possessed by Korean charms. Born in South Korea, Hong Seung-pyo received his B.F.A. in painting from Daejin University in Pocheon and his M.F.A. from Hongik University in Seoul. Hong had one-person and group exhibitions at Korean Art Festival, Seoul, in 2011; Gallery IS, Seoul, in 2012; Kunstart 12 Biennial Art Fair for Emerging Contemporary Artists, Bolzano, in 2012; and Shin Gallery, New York, 2013. Hong is the recipient of several awards including the National Exhibition of Korean Art Calligraphy prize in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.