Hwa Seon YangShop prints
Hwa Seon Yang, known as Yanghwa, is a South Korean artist living and working in London. Studying an MA in Painting in Seoul, she then went on to earn a second MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2013. Her next step is a Professional Doctorate course at University of East London. Yanghwa's work is a visual allegory and tribute to children's play and the desire to negotiate non-perspective safety zones of comfort and familiarity. Running themes throughout her work include comfort zones and toys. A keen miniature toy collector, Yanghwa paints from her own vast collection of figures, breathing life into mass produced toys. Yanghwa works to create artworks that speak directly to the child within us all, invoking nostalgic memories of childhood and comfort. Her watercolor and pencil pieces are a vibrant and colourful exploration of memories and play, and have been exhibited in group shows across London, Seoul, Hong Kong and Beijing. Yanghwa was shortlisted for the prestigious Herbert Smith Freehills & Works in Print Art Prize in 2013, and has exhibited as par of Sweet ‘Art’ at Espacio Gallery, London’s Arbeit Gallery (2013) and KAIS Gallery, Hong Kong (2007). Yanghwa’s Jealous Prize print edition is now held in the Victoria & Albert Museum Permanent Print Collection.