Sunyoung Hwang South Korean, b. 1988

Sunyoung Hwang's paintings are not intended to be read as recognisable, figurative elements as they do not directly depict anything. Instead, they can be described as a physical manifestation of the unconscious, incoherent flow of metaphorically internalised thoughts, emotions, memories, impressions, and as an attempt to uncover their invisible accumulation that is implicit in, or exists beneath or between layers of what is perceptible.

Exploring physical and psychological layering with an intuitive approach to painting, Hwang overlaps multitudinous layers of different times and spaces, tempos and rhythms, gestures and functions, temperatures and emotions without preliminary sketches, drawings, or photographic references. As the entire process of painting happens only on the canvas, each painting has its own sense of the passage of time, and there comes a time when it seems to reach the end spontaneously. This is when seeing the invisible, touching the impalpable, or hearing silence are made possible through the tangibility of paint on canvas.


Sunyoung Hwang is a London based artist who received her BFA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2012) and completed a MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (2016). Solo exhibitions include: I Feel Guilty About Missing You. Because I Didn’t Feel Guilty About Leaving You, Galerie ERD, Seoul (2019); The Echoes of Forgotten Nights, The Chadwell Award 2016-17 Winner’s Exhibition, Nunnery Gallery, London (2018). Group exhibitions include: Swimming Backwards, Sid Motion Gallery, London, UK (2021); Convergence and Collapse, Grove Collective, London (2021); Antisocial Isolation, The Saatchi Gallery, London (2020); Delphian x Guts, co-curated by Delphian Gallery and Guts Gallery, The Factory, London (2019); Last Night a Brush Saved My Life, The Address Gallery, Brescia (2019); Fresh Paint, Messums Wiltshire, Salisbury (2018). Hwang was longlisted for Jackson’s Painting Prize (2020), selected as a finalist for Young Contemporary Talent (2018) and the winner of the Chadwell Award (2016). She has previously participated in Hangar Residency at Hangar Artistic Research Centre, Lisbon (2019) and SÍM Residency at The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavík (2015).