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Hong Sung-Dam b.1955 woodblock contemporary print Korean artist art

Hong Sung-Dam b.1955 woodblock contemporary print Korean artist art

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A quality woodblock print on rice paper featuring young Asian males frolicking on a street, pencil signed in the lower margin below the present mat by the noted political activist-artist of South Korea, Hong Sung-Dam (born 1955). The work, about 10" by 13 3/4" inside the present mat and a bit larger under it, and 16" by 21" as framed, is signed in pencil at lower right, where there is also a red artist's stamp, and there is more writing at lower left under the mat, in Korean. The artist grew up in Gwangju and by 1980 in his mid 20's was already politically active against the Seoul government. By 1987 he had been imprisoned, to be released in the 1990's. He is considered a member of the Mingju art movement. In 1996 he created a 42 meter long mural for Chonnam National University. The artist's black and white on rice paper art is squarely within the Social Realist category. Despite the lack of glass, this delicate work on paper has survived in good condition, with only a few foxing marks. The date appears to be 1987 or 1989, which would correspond to his difficult period of conflict with the government and imprisonment. The artist's name can sometimes be spelled as Hang Seongdam or Hong Sung-dam. The work should be properly framed with new mat and glass.