Ha Chong-Hyun is an important Korean artist, leading member of the Dansaekhwa movement, Ha Chong-Hyun turned to abstraction in the early 1960s, belonging to the first generation of Korean artists who embraced non-figurative approaches to art-making. Known for his ongoing “Conjunction” series, he has consistently experimented with materials and used innovative studio processes to redefine the role of painting.
He uses coarsely woven hemp cloth and pushes oil paint (reduction of palette to black, white, and earth tones) through the loose weaves of the hemp from the back, then reworks the pigments using spatulas. Ha Chong-Hyun focuses on the primary concerns of painting, such as the surface, gesture, space, and light.
Contemporary art, national and international