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Exhibition visit: Swimming Backwards, at Sid Motion Gallery

Sunyoung Hwang: Swimming Backwards (2021)
Sunyoung Hwang: Swimming Backwards (2021). Acrylic and oil on canvas, 150 × 205 cm (credits below)

Artist Sunyoung Hwang had her works on display at Sid Motion gallery, London, between 21 June and 16 July 2021 as part of the group show ‘Swimming Backwards’ with fellow artists Emily Stollery and Henry Ward. The exhibition title itself has been inspired by Hwang’s homonymous painting, also displayed at the exhibition.

The London-based artist graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal College of Art and now works in London, where she creates her abstract painting.

Sunyoung Hwang: Seaweed (2021)
Sunyoung Hwang: Seaweed (2021). Acrylic and oil on canvas, 61.5 × 56 cm (credits below)

I had the pleasure to interview Ms Hwang not long ago and ask her about her art practice, her background, where her inspiration comes from and what guides her brush when she paints.

It was extremely interesting to read her eloquent answers and learn directly from the artist how her stunning works come to life. You can check out our Q&A here.

Hwang revealed that she has a very spontaneous approach to painting, which is not guided by preparatory sketches or photography.

I find this to be one of the most interesting aspects of her works. Looking at them, one can see how the works are rich in depth: layer after layer, the painting is composed of harmonising colours put in place by brushstrokes applied on the canvas with care. The lack of a visual reference puts emphasis on the artist’s sense of composition which ultimately leads to a finished piece that has the eye and heart wonder.

Sunyoung Hwang: Her Window
Sunyoung Hwang: Her Window (2020). Acrylic and oil on canvas, 132.5 x 112cm (credits below)

I found Her Window (132.5x112cm, 2020) to be one of the most interesting pieces in the exhibition. The depth of green on the right side as opposed to the lighter brushwork on the left side creates a certain depth and, perhaps, a peculiar dynamic to the painting.

I am really looking forward to Hwang’s future works. To keep up with her upcoming exhibitions and latest work, check out her Instagram account: @sunyoung.hwang_

Photo credits: Tim Bowditch, courtesy the artist and Sid Motion gallery


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