SEONNA HONG (b. 1973)
'Nuthugger & Tako Girl', 2005
SIGNED Limited Edition Print
Giclée print on heavy wove paper featuring Hong's green squirrel and purple octopus w/ headband characters. Dimensions: 11" x 14". Limited Edition of 300. SIGNED (lr) by artist and numbered '52/300' (ll) in pencil on recto in margin. Excellent condition, never framed or displayed.
Los Angeles-based artist Seonna Hong is both an artist and an animator. In addition to making her paintings, she paints backgrounds for feature and television animation and was recently awarded an Emmy for Individual Achievement in Background Styling for her work on Nickelodeon's My Life as a Teenage Robot. Her work has been published in the Artistic Utopia calendar, the Beatsville Sci-fi Western and The Truth Show books.
Hong paints on wood panels and canvas, often in bright acid colors in a retro style that suggests anime, cartooning and children's books among other references. Many of the paintings include collage elements that give her work the look of a 3-D pop-up book. In her paintings, Hong focuses on children as the embodiment of humanizing power. Children are her protagonists, acting out the dramas in her narratives.
Hong was a recipient of a 2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and opened her first solo museum show as a part of the 'Suburban' series at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN.
In May 2008, Seonna Hong exhibited with KaiKai Kiki, Tokyo, as the first US based artist in the collection of Japanese artisans working under Takashi Murakami. Founded by Murakami in 2001, Kaikai Kiki is a multilateral art enterprise. Its goals include the production and promotion of fine art, as well as the management and support of select young artists, and the organization of art-related events and projects.
SELECT RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
'Seonna Hong: If You Lived Here I'd Be Home By Now', Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
'Seonna Hong: Persistence of Vision', LeBasse Projects, Culver City, CA
'Pattern Recognition' (group exhibition), Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
'Unleash the Beast' (group exhibition), Arena 1, Santa Monica, CA
'Ed Emberley & Friends' (group exhibition), Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
'Ed Emberley & Friends' (group exhibition), Scion Space, Los Angeles, CA
'These Friends' (group exhibition), THIS, Los Angeles, CA
'A Visual Dialogue' (group exhibition), bo.lee Gallery, Bath, UK
'Beach Blanket Bingo - A Summer Mixer' (group exhibition), Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
'+2' (group exhibition), Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY
'15-Year Anniversary Show' (group exhibition), GRSF, San Francisco, CA
'Brood Work' (group exhibition), Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
'Seonna Hong, Caroline Hwang and Saelee Oh: I Know What You’re Thinking…' (group exhibition), Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY
'Vocabularies of Metaphor: More Stories' (group exhibition), Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
'In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor' (group exhibition), Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
'Yosemite Studio' (group exhibition), Grass Hut Gallery, Portland, OR
'Seonna Hong: Viscery Loves Company', KaiKai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
'Hard Left' (group exhibition), Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany
'Kaikai Kiki Artists: Seonna Hong, Mr., Mark Grotjahn, Matthew Monahan' (group exhibition), KaiKai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
'Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues' (group exhibition), Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
'Inner Child: Good and Evil in the Garden of Memories' (group exhibition), Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
'Seonna Hong: Our Endless Numbered Days', Oliver Kamm / 5BE Gallery, New York, NY
'Suburban: Seonna Hong', Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
'Seonna Hong: People in the City', sixspace, Culver City, CA
'Seonna Hong: Animus', Oliver Kamm / 5BE Gallery, New York, NY
'Seonna Hong: Railroad', sixspace, Culver City, CA
'Seonna Hong: Princess', sixspace, Culver City, CA
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