Sung Ha Ahn

Born in 1977, Korea, Sung-Ha-Ahn graduated from the Department of Painting at Honk-ik University and attained her M.F.A. in painting from the same university in 2004. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the Grand Art Exhibition of Korea at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Kwachun; the Korea Young Artists Biennale at Daegu Arts Center; the 1st Seoul Young Artists Biennale at the Seoul Museum of Art and Korean Women Artists at the Vasby Art Hall in Sweden. She has received numerous awards, including the Nationwide University fine Arts Festival Bronze Statue, the Grand Art Exhibition of Korea Special Prize from the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Dong-A-Fine Arts Festival Special Prize from the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Joong-Ang Fine Arts competition Excellent Statue from Ho-am Gallery. This work has been acquired through Christies ‘Asian Contemporary Art’ auction, New York.

In the paintings of Sung-Ha Ahn, who paints ordinary objects such as cigarettes and candy with realistic technique, a mysterious sense of fantasy coexists with the realistic tendency. While concretely observing the shapes of the objects in the transparent vessels, she reveals the abstractness of the hidden essence in the refraction of the image seen through the glass. It is an effort to cleverly leave the subject within the boundaries of painting, at a stage prior to perfect representation. As a result, Ahn’s work travels back and forth between photography and painting, with a dual attractiveness that is realistic and dreamy at the same time, and gives off obscure abstractness in a configurative picture-plane. Though they are trivial items, the cigarettes and candy, which give psychological comfort to today’s people, transcend representation and convey the significance of the duality of seductive toxicity and cruel sweetness in people’s minds.

Artwork for Sale

Cigarettes
by Sung Ha Ahn

Size:

51 X 64 inches