This exhibition took place at our previous Hong Kong location.
Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi
, born in 1972, studied classical calligraphy before she established her own style of working. She received a Bachelor of Arts in graphics from Azad Art University, Tehran, and studied at the Iranian Society of Calligraphy. Drawing on her extensive training as a calligrapher, Fathi uses texts and letters as formal elements, transforming traditional calligraphy into a personal artistic language.
Golnaz Fathi’s works are in the permanent collections of the Brighton & Hove Museum, England; Carnegie Mellon University, Doha; the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; The Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore; the British Museum, London; the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; and The Farjam Collection, Dubai. She has exhibited in galleries and cultural centers around the world, including the October Gallery, London and Art Forum of Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2011, she was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Honorees.
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 colour, 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 colours 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 colour 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.
Press release courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery.