Biography

Rendered in vibrant oranges, reds, fuchsias, blues and golds, Korean-born painter Hosook Kang’s large-scale canvases depict nature as she sees it in her imagination. Her undulating ripples of color, formed from intricate dot patterns and meticulous gestural brushstrokes, suggest the flow of nature’s transformative energy. Combining bold action painting and steady mark making, Kang creates optical effects through a process of layering. She starts with a background of abstract forms—her vision of the completed painting—then covers the entire surface with a painted net of structured units that create a skin-like overlay. To bring back her original vision, Kang fills each unit with colors that correspond to the background, which adds a three-dimensional quality. Obsessively detailed yet orderly, these works are simultaneously meditative and pulsing with energy. 



Hosook Kang was raised in Daegu, Korea, and attended the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. She is influenced by the techniques and philosophies of both the East and West. Her works reference traditional Korean motifs, yet her focus on abstraction and the richness of color roots her work firmly in the Western tradition. She lives and works in Brooklyn. She has exhibited her work at Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Service New York; Nabi Gallery, New York; Phoenix Gallery, New York; and Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Korea.

Through the Mind's Eye
Singapore
Through the Mind's Eye
Kim Joon and Hosook Kang March 20 – May 31, 2015
Marked
Hong Kong
Marked
Contemporary Takes on Mark-Making September 10 – October 11, 2014
Marked
NY | Chelsea
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Contemporary Takes on Mark-Making March 6 – April 25, 2014
Hosook Kang
NY | Chelsea
Hosook Kang
January 24 – February 23, 2013
Hosook Kang
NY | Chelsea
Hosook Kang
In-Flight January 30 – February 28, 2009
Hosook Kang
NY | Chelsea
Hosook Kang
From Immanence to October 18 – November 10, 2007
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Publication
Marked
Contemporary Takes on Mark-Making
Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
Press
Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
500 Best Galleries Worldwide July 2013

Sundaram Tagore Gallery has been named one of the top galleries in the world by Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters magazine.

ArtNews
Press
ArtNews
Hosook Kang at Sundaram Tagore New York APRIL 2013

Korean artist Hosook Kang is fascinated with nature, specifically the invisible rush of energy that flows through living things and natural phenomena.

Asian Art News
Press
Asian Art News
Hosook Kang at Sundaram Tagore Gallery July/August 2009

Korean-born painter Hosook Kang detonates a series of delicate explosions in her second solo show, entitled In-flight. With miniscule flecks of paint she creates the sensation of infinite particles gently dissipating.

South China Morning Post
Press
South China Morning Post
Preview: Here and Now at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March 2009

Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.

Genlux
Press
Genlux
The Art Issue January 2009

Features Hiroshi Senju, Sohan Qadri, Nathan Slate Joseph and Hosook Kang. Photographs by Marc Baptiste.
Also includes an interview with Sundaram Tagore.

South China Morning Post
Press
South China Morning Post
City Reviews: In your Mind's Eye; Sundaram Tagore Gallery October 28, 2008

"...Less-colour-saturated but no less intuitive are the pieces by Natvar Bhavsar, who sprinkles pigment delicately on his canvases in an echo of Jackson Pollock, although the works' understated quality reflects a gentle Asian sensibility that's the opposite of the American painter's frenetic, ego-driven style..."

Asian Art News
Press
Asian Art News
New Openings May/June 2008

"Gallerist Sundaram Tagore said, "All these artists have spent their lives working in and exploring different Eastern and Western cultures - including India, China, Nepal, Japan, Italy, Holland and America. Together they create an incredible mosaic and foster an intercultural dialogue that reflects a diversity of thought and artistic style."

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