Chung Sang-Hwa (b. 1932) is a leading figure associated with the Korean Dansaekhwa movement after first exploring works in the style of Informel. Chung is well known for his innovative painting method and technique using repetitive and systematic process of “tearing off” and “filling in” the work on canvas. This process has been a hallmark of his monochromatic grid painting practice to date. For each work, Chung first lays down a mixture of kaolin clay, water, and glue on stretched canvas and, after the material dries, he unmounts the work in order to draw linear grids on the reverse side. Next, he ritualistically folds the canvas and tears off the dried ‘paint’ in narrow bands before filling in the negative areas with acrylic paint. Once this process is completely, he begins it all over again in numerous iterations. The result is a subtle yet multilayered and complex surface powered by his meditative and ritualistic process that highlights more the material than image image. His work finds meaning in visualizing the process leading up to a result, where the process preceding the output itself defines the work and narrates all its qualities as a work of art.
Chung has exhibited in numerous international exhibitions of note including those held at the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Étienne, Blum & Poe Gallery, Los Angeles, Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, Italy. His works are in the permanent collection of institutions including: The Art Institute of Chicago; M+ Museum Hong Hong; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint Étienne Métropole; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Seoul Museum of Art; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art; and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.