> TITLE : 정상곤 개인전  /  SKIN DEEP _ 도심 숲으로부터

> DATE : 2016. 3. 02. (WED) ~ 3. 26. (SAT)

> OPENING RECEPCTION : 2016. 3. 2. (WED) 6pm


As a printmaker and classically trained painter, Korean artist Sanggon Chung creates dramatic, organic landscapes that exist at the border of the fictional and the real. The specific landscape he paints is less relevant; rather his intention is to portray an experiential, humanistic and historical perspective. This gives each viewer a unique and subjective experience.

The creative process for Chung is an extremely sensory one, with the brush acting as an extension of his body and his emotions. Masterly brush strokes flesh out thick, textural swathes of paint. The vitality and energy of these strokes echoes that found in nature, from the smallest blades of grass through to more grandiose thick fleshy leaves and tumbling water falls. His paintings reflect Chung’s experiential way of life and become a materialisation of his senses. His atelier itself is surrounded by nature, and he draws inspiration from his time within it. Forms flow organically from him, working on a table instead of at an easel, sketching out lines first with a pencil and moving physically over the canvas and around the table. This allows for him to work close to the surface in a way not possible if the work were vertical, providing him with different perspectives.

This creates a work that is both accidental and intentional – various ratios of paint and solvents create myriad shiny surfaces, making parts of the canvas appear wet. Strong, fast brushstrokes create colours that are swirled and split, an organic surface that reminds us of mountains, rocks, waterfalls, trees and grass, a psychedelic scene that conveys humidity, wind and the scent of the woods. Chung gathers the emotions that nature elicits in him and flings them onto the canvas. He finds a way in which to excavate the two-dimensionality of the canvas and probe the great depths of profound emotion that can be found in the aw-inspiring power of nature. (2015.02 KASHYA HILDEBRAND / Gallerist)


Born in Jan, 11 in 1963

Lives and works in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea



1991     MFA, Painting, Seoul National University, Korea

1987     BFA, Painting, Seoul National University, Korea

Present: Professor, Dong Seoul University, Korea



2015       Skin Deep, Haslla Museum, Korea

2014       Skin Deep, Imazoo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2013       Skin Deep, Lee Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Skin Deep, Samtoh Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012       Skin Deep: Re-reading Landscape, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011       Rereading Landscape, Gallery bd, Gyeonggi, Korea

2010       Re-reading Landscape, Gallery GASAN, Gyeonggi, Korea

2009       Minuscape, Cyart Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2008       Quotation-Reading, Folio Gallery, Lubbock, TX, USA

2006       Quotation-Reading, Topohaus, Seoul, Korea

ACC Gallery, Fort Lee, NJ, USA

Quotation, Gallery Andante, Seoul, Korea

2004       Dark Sea, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Quotation, Gallery 21+Yo, Tokyo, Japan

2003       Quotation-Reading, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Quotation, Seoul Print Art Fair, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2001       Quotation-My Daily Life…, Gallery Wooduk, Seoul, Korea

1999       Phenomenon, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

MANIF SEOUL ’99, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

1997       Radiation-Phenomenon, Icon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1996       Radiation, Boda Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1994       Radiation, Icon Gallery, CITY, Korea

1993       Radiation -Painting & Drawing, Pyo Gallery, CITY, Korea

Korea Art Fair, Seoul Arts Center Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1992       Radiation – Painting & Lithograph, Sinsegae Gallery, Korea

1991       Ventilation, Sagak Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1990       M.F.A Thesis Show, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea


2013       Makers in Print, Inova Gallery, CITY, USA

2012       2012 Korean Contemporary Artists, Dongduk Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Printmaking and Communication, Gyeonghuigung Annex Building of the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

The Big Ones, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2011       Yangpyeong Eco Art Festival 2011, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Korea

A Global Mail Art Collaboration: For Love Not Money, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

2010       KIAF, Gallery Gasan, Kumsan Gallery, COEX, Seoul, Korea

Two Folds Of Negatives – Against Clarity, Gallery Chosun, Seoul, Korea

SOAF, Gallery Gasan, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2009       Interpret Inter-Print, Gallery IX, Budapest, Hungary

Coner to Coner: Urban Poster Explosion, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA

2006        Dual Scenery, Artcom Center, Grand Ave, Palisades Park, NJ, U.S.A

MediaEdge, From the Movable Image, Sadi Space Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2005-08 Seoul Print, TopoHaus, Moran Gallery, CYART Gallery, Korea

2004       Beyond the Digital Surface, Ewha Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Umbra, Yooartspace, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2003       The Vague Scene, Yoo Art Space, Seoul, Korea

2001       Je Ju Wetland Art, Sejong Gallery, Je Ju Island, Korea

2000       Hello! Art, Hello! Computer, Gallery, Korea

Landscape and Place, Gyeonggi Cultural Center, Gyeonggi, Korea

1999       Korean Contemporary Printmaking, National Museum of Printmaking, Marbella, Spain

1998-2008 The Spirit of Painting, Fine Art Center, Seoul Art Center, Moran Gallery etc, Korea

1998       Inter-Kontakt-Grafik, Inter-triennial of Prints, Prague, Czechoslovakia

1995       Human & Technology -Technology Art, Donga Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1994       Seoul-NYmAX medial -High Tech Art in Korea, Anthology film Archives, NY, USA

Computer Printmaking, Chung Nam Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1992       The Cross Section of the Korean Contemporary Painting, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1993       The 40 Years of Korean Contemporary Printmaking, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1990       Edition-50, Printmaking in Daily Life, Shinseagae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1989-91 PRINT MEDIA, Total Gallery, Sonamu Gallery, Kwan Hoon Gallery etc, Korea

1989       Logos & Patos, Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea


2007       International Prints Triennial Oldenburg (Germany) Prize of City of Mayor of Oldenburg

14th Tallinn Print Triennial, (Estonia) 3 Equal Prize

2004      13th Tallinn Print Triennial, (Estonia) 3 Equal Prize

2000      Cracow International Prints Triennial, (Poland) Regular Prize.

1999      Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art, (Slovenia) Grand Prize

1998      11th Tallinn Print Triennial, (Estonia) Grand Prize

1997      Cracow International Prints Triennial, (Poland) Regular Prize.

1996      Seoul International Prints Biennial, Purchase prize.

1992      Dong-A Fine Arts Festival, First Prize.

1990      Korean Contemporary Prints Public Subscription, First Prize.

The 9th Korean Grand Arts Exhibition, Second Prize.

Space International Miniature Prints Biennial, Grand Prize.

Grand Prix winner of the 11th triennial (Tallinn City Gallery, Estonia)


The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea)

Seoul Museum of Art (Korea)

Municipal Museum of Arts (Hungary)

The Korea Development Bank (Korea)

International Centre of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana)

The Art Museum of Estonia (Tallinn)

HanWhan Museum (Korea)

British Museum (Great Britain)

Installation View