Hyundai Hwarang is pleased to present Silence of Oxen, solo exhibition of Hwang Young-Sung, who has developed a unique painterly oeuvre based on his lyrical and bucolic sentiments. Ranging from selected works dating back to the late 1980s to recent, the exhibition provides an opportunity to observe formal experimentation of his paintings and its transition over the years.
Works from the Silence of Oxen series are focal pieces of the exhibition. The hues of the series are derived from the artist’s ‘gray era’ of the 1970s and display the early phase of formative transition from figurative to abstraction. Hwang’s paintings of oxen, begun in the early 1980s, were based on his nostalgic memories of the white oxen that he spent his childhood together. In the Silence of Oxen series, the oxen are depicted in black and metaphorically reveal a truth in life and art, which he has pursued for over fifty years. In addition, Family Story series and Village Story series that deal with numerous stories, human, and ways of life are exhibited. With their unconstrained compositions and tone, these series reflect his philosophical enlightenment of understanding on life and the human nature. And, Hansi (classical Chinese poetry) series, a recent experiment of the artist, enrich the exhibition furthermore. Appreciating classical poetry of Li Bai and Cao Cao, Hwang sensed that letters can be converted into painterly signs and created his own ‘letter-form’ paintings.
Hwang Young-Sung was awarded the Minister Prize of the National Art Exhibition and Lee In Sung Art Prize. He had solo exhibitions in prestigious art institutions including Kunsthalle Dresden, Germany in 2006; Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne, France in 2007; and in Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea in 2017.