Lives and Works: Philippines
Born in Tacloban in 1975, his early childhood memories revolve around escapades to the beaches of Leyte and Cebu. At age 5, his family migrated to the United States. Now based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Chun spends countless hours in the water studying its movements, listening to the many stories that swim within its depths.
In his new exhibit, “Leave Me Mesmerized, My Love,” Chun reacquaints us with the object of his affection in a fresh series of paintings that build upon an earlier award-winning collection which earned him acclaim in the United States.
In painting the ocean and its many seductions, he offers meaningful insights into the emotional significations of time and memory, the dynamics of seeing and the tangible manifestations of affective experience.
Chun draws viewers in with a hint of mischief, naming his pieces as though fragments of lovers’ repartee, teasing us to eavesdrop with insatiable curiosity. The artist’s abstractions, however, are oceanscapes of infinite possibilities, with visual elements that are never fully figured and visual planes that assemble random images together like fractured dreams floating in the subconscious.
The artist paints with a distinctly graphic style that makes his paintings seem mechanically produced like billboards spewed from industrial grade-printers. His lines are always perfectly clean with no evidence of a single brushstroke.
Chun received a fellowship to the Yale University School of Art and obtained his B.F.A. from the University of Houston School of Art with cum laude honors. He received his M.F.A. in Painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
He was chosen as Artist of Hawaii in 2013 and exhibited at the prestigious Hawaii Museum of Art. He also received the John Young Foundation award. In 2014, he represented the Philippines in the Korea International Art Fair held in Seoul, South Korea.
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