|Biography from Christie's Hong Kong:|
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Born in 1932, Chung Sang-Hwa is one of the most important artists for
Tansaekhwa, the Korean monochrome painting movement during the 1960s and
1970s. Since the early 1970s when Chung settled in Kobe, Japan after
his exploration of Western art in Paris in the end of 1960s, he had been
developing his own method of 'rip' and 'fill,' creating numerous grids
with horizontal, diagonal and vertical lines, adding depth on the flat
surface of the canvas.
Chung first spreads the mixture of kaolin clay,
water and glue on the entire canvas evenly and waits until the thick
paint is completely dried. Then he removes the canvas from the wooden
stretcher and draws grids of horizontal and vertical lines on the
reverse of the canvas. After the procedure, Chung carefully folds it
along his drawing lines and rips off the paint from the chosen grids.
The bare grids taken off the paint are then filled with multiple layers
of acrylic paint. Chung repeats the actions of 'rip' and 'fill' until he
finds a perfect harmony of reduction and addition.
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