Artists

Sen Chung

Sen Chung has built an impressive body of work that presents an uncanny world with his subtle handling of paint and unique vocabulary employing a technique of light washes coupled with liberal accents of colour thus suggesting a metaphysical boundary.

Born in 1963, Sen Chung lives and works in Dusseldorf. He graduated from Hong-Ik University with a BFA in Korea, and received Masters degrees from Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in Germany and MA in Fine Art in 2006 from Chelsea College of Art, London. Solo exhibitions in the Netherlands, USA, France, Belgium, Germany and his native country followed, along with numerous international group exhibitions, including at the Jerwood Space, London, in 2006, Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, in 2009 and the Liverpool Biennial 2012. In 2009 he participated in the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. Chung has enjoyed artists’ residences in various countries, most notably at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. His work can be seen in collections in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, USA, Belgium and elsewhere. When he first lived abroad, not surprisingly, he tried to perceive the dichotomy between Eastern and Western culture. Gradually the coexistence of these two worlds created a strong emotional impact through the immediate accessibility of Old Master work and the highly cultivated atmosphere showing important traces he prefers to explore.

The contrast between forms and non-forms characterizes the tension found in both paintings and paper works. On cloudy backgrounds with an accentuated light base, coloured squares, circles or dots are connected to the centre of the picture with lines. The compositional framework thus created is the figure within the paintings, sometimes central, sometimes askew.

In his new paintings, the artist filled each canvas with rough graphic marks in addition to the geometric and static elements expressed in restrained lines and planes. These express the balance between emotional and rational by invisible forces.Through the geometric, abstract elements that quietly float within the square frames of a canvas, the artist emphasizes the indirectness of expression and ambiguity. In so doing, Sen Chung unfolds his ongoing personal research on ‘painting aesthetics’ or ‘aesthetic judgements’ in terms of contemporary viewpoint. 

Painting a great picture does not come easily. It takes most artists many years to get to the point. With a sense of mystery, he is trying to push the boundaries of painting and besides aiming to create something that has a timeless quality and at the same time that makes a picture special.

Lives and works in Dusseldorf /in Seoul 

EDUCATION

2006 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK 
2001 Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, Meister Student by Prof. D.Rabinowitch, Akademiebrief, Germany 
1987 Hongik University of Fine Arts, Seoul, Korea 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 
  • (Forthcoming) CHOI&CHOI Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2021 

  • REREADING ROMANTICISM, Gallery Royal, Seoul, Korea 
  • temporality, wooson gallery, Daegu, Korea 

2020 
  • touching stardust, Noblesse Collection, Seoul, Korea 
  • VERY ART, OCI Museum of art, Seoul, Korea 
  • Paintings:Sen Chung, Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany 
2018 
  • A Form to the World, Galerie Choi&Lager, Cologne, Germany 
  • Pictures in a Gallery, nook gallery, Seoul, Korea 
2017 
  • Sen Chung:Painting, Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Dusseldorf, Germany 
  • Sen Chung:New Paintings,Galerie Triangle Bleu, Stavelot, Belgium 
2016 
  • painting itself, gallery EM, Seoul, Korea 
2015 
  • study painting, nook gallery, Seoul, Korea 
  • sentimental reasons, Galerie Duboys , Paris, France 
2014 
  • Sen Chung, negenpuntnegen galerij, Roeselare, Belgium 
  • 2013 
  • labyrinthian path,gallery EM, Seoul,Korea 
  • old silhouette, shinhan gallery, Seoul, Korea 
2011 
  • Sen Chung, negenpuntnegen galerij, Roeselare, Belgium 
  • new work, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, USA 
  • painter:Sen Chung, Gallery EM, Seoul, Korea 
2010 
  • As Days Go By, Galerie Triangle Bleu, Stavelot, Belgium 
2009 
  • wildwood air, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea 
2008 
  • first glance, Loop, Seoul, Korea 
  • wooden heart, Ilmin museum of art, Seoul, Korea 
2007 
  • terra incognita, Galerie Triangle Bleu, Stavelot, Belgium 
  • self titled, Shinsegae gallery, Gwangju, Korea 
2005
  • white boredom, Kunstverein Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany 
  • white boredom II, Gallery Triangle Bleu, Stavelot, Belgium 
2004 
  • happy solutions, Alternative space pool, Seoul, Korea 
  • can´t answer that one, Jungmiso, Seoul, Korea 
2004
  • so it all made sense, Foerderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Munster, Germany 
2003 
  • Sen Chung, Gallery Van Dedem Tielkemeijer, Olst, the Netherlands 
  • Sen Chung, Gallery Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany 
  • Sen Chung, Verein zur Förderung junger Kunst galerie januar, Bochum, Germany 
  • Sen Chung, Kunstverein Emmerich, Emmerich, Germany 
  • your desired destination, Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea 
  • Sen Chung:painting & drawing, Museum Baden, Solingen, Germany 
2001 
  • Sen Chung, Kunsthaus Mettmann, Mettmann, Germany 
2000 

  • Sen Chung, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler Haus, Rockenhausen, Germany

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022 
  • (Forthcoming) FLOWER, CHOI&CHOI Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2021

  • Undefined Manual:Drawing Viewpoint, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Korea 
  • one at a time, WESS, Seoul, Korea 
2020 

Art of Love, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea 

OGAMDO: 5 Scenes of Korean Art, manarat al saadiyat museum, Abu Dhabi 

2019 
  • counter wave, Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea 
  • Formed the Universe, Galerie Choi&Lager, Seoul, Korea 
  • Die Grosse, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany 
  • Korean Modern & Contemporary Drawings, soma, Seoul, Korea 
  • Unfolded Dice, A-Lounge Contemporary Art Space, Seoul, Korea 
2017
  • An-Other Column, Sen Chung/Hong Buhm, Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea 
2016 
  • SeMa Gold, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea 
  • Connect 1, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea 
2014 
  • Centre culturel de Marchin, Marchin, Belgium, 
2013 
  • panoramic portrait, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju, Korea 
  • Contemporary Art- China, Japan and Korea, Galerie Frank Schlag & CIE, Essen, Germany 
2012
  • untitled, space can, Beijing, China 
  • City States 7th Liverpool Biennial 2012, Liverpool, UK 
2011
  • Peinture, Galerie Triangle Bleu, Stavelot, Belgium 
2009
  • The Perpetual Dialogue, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA 
  • Wonderful Pictures, Ilmin museum of art, Seoul, Korea 
  • passage, Universal Cube, Leipzig, Germany 
2008 
  • Modest Monuments, Contemporary Art from Korea, King’s Lynn Arts Centre, UK 
  • Ikob collection, Museum of Young Art, Vienna, Austria 
  • The Time of Resonance, Arario gallery, Beijing, China 
2007
  • black powder + white paper, Kyunghee University Museum of Fine Art, Seoul, Korea 
2006 
  • Still Dynamics, The Korean Contemporary Art in London, Jerwood Space, London, UK 
  • triangle space, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK 
2005 
  • iaab studio, Basel, Switzerland 
  • Neue Bilder Dusseldorer Ateliers, Museum fur Zeitgenossische Kunst Eupen, Belgium 
2004 
  • Triangle Artists´Workshop, Open studio, New York 
  • do not stop all over, Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden, Solingen, Germany 
  • Weltanschauungen, Goethe Institut, Palermo, Italy 
2003 
  • Maerkisches Stipendium, Staedtische Galerie Iserlohn, Germany 
2002 
  • Museum Deggendorf, Deggendorf, Germany 
  • Blaue Stunde, Neuer Sachsischer Kunstverein, Dresden, Germany 
  • Grosse Zeichnungen, Landesgalerie Linz, Austria 
2001 
  • Gallery Van Dedem Tielkemeijer, Olst, the Netherlands 
2000 
  • Arkadien, Gallery Joachim Blueher, Cologne, Germany 
1999 
  • Kahnweiler Prize, Donnersberghalle, Rockenhausen, Germany 
1998 
  • Saar Ferngas-Junge Kunst, Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrucken, Germany 
1997 
  • Gallery Joachim Blüher, Cologne, Germany 
1987 
  • Musum, Kwanhon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

GRANTS

2020 MKW-Scholarship, Düsseldorf, Germany 
2017 The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture 
2012 Residency Programm-Project Space in Beijing, CAN Foundation, Seoul, Korea 
2009 International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, USA
2008 Arts Council Korea 
2005 iaab, Basle, Switzerland 
2004 Residency Anderson Center, Minnesota, USA 
2004 Residency MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA 
2003 Scholarship from the Foundation for Culture of Rhine Neckar, Heidelberg, Germany 
1999 Denkmalschmiede Höfgen, Grimma, Germany 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS 

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea 
The Deutsche Bank Collection, Berlin 
OCI Museum of art, Seoul 
Landesgalerie Linz, Austria 
The Foundation for Culture of Rhine Neckar, Heidelberg, Germany 
Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basle, Switzerland 
Suwon Museum Of Art, Suwon, Korea 
Hyundai Capital, Seoul 
Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong, Korea 
Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul 
Museum fur Zeitgenossische Kunst Eupen, Belgium 
Art Sonje Center (wall painting), Seoul 
Hogan Lovells, London 
CAN Foundation, Seoul 
Daniel-Henry-Kahnweiler-Stiftung, Rockenhausen, Germany 

 

PAINTINGS  - Sen Chung | Choi&Choi Gallery

PAINTINGS | 2020

FORMED THE UNIVERSE - Sen Chung | Choi&Choi Gallery

FORMED THE UNIVERSE | 2019

A FORM TO THE WORLD - Sen Chung | Artist - CHOI&CHOI Gallery

A FORM TO THE WORLD | 2018

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