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Min-Woo Bang   

Painter

Born in Seoul, South Korea. Lives and works in Sydney.

National Art School, D.F.A, 1991-1993

Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, B.V.A & M.V.A, 1994-1999



Solo Exhibitions

2020  New Works, Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth

2020  Natural Impact, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2019  Chaotic Order, Manyung gallery, Malvern Vic

2018  'The immensity of Sky', Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane, QLD

2018  High Land, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2017  'Natural World', Linton & Kay Galleries, Subiaco Perth WA

2016  'Storm in Paradise', Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2015  'Sky Memoir II', Gallery One, Gold Coast, QLD

2015  'Sky Memoir', Linton & Kay galleries, Perth, WA

2015  Min-Woo Bang, Mitchell Fine Art (Sofitel Hotel), Brisbane, QLD

2014  Beyond the Landscape, Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney

2014  Beyond the Landscape, Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2013  Homage to Landscape, Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney

2013  "Homage to Landscape", Sydney Contemporary 13 Art Fair, Sydney

2013  "Feeling for the Landscape", Gallery One, Gold Coast, QLD
2013   'Feeling for the Landscape', Linton & Kay Galleries, WA
2012  "Revisit", Wagner art gallery, Sydney
2012   Mystic Landscape, Muk Muk Fine Art, Alice Springs & Darwin, NT
2011  'New Works by Min-Woo Bang' Gallery One, Southport, QLD
2011  'The shadow of light' Wagner art gallery, Sydney
2010   Mystic Landscapes II, Linton & Kay galleries, Perth, WA
2009   Mystic Landscapes, Wagner art gallery, Sydney
2008  'The Whisper of Trees'  rex-livingston art dealer, Sydney
2007  'New beginnings'  rex-livingston art dealer, Sydney
2006  'Landscape and Myth'  rex-livingston art dealer, Sydney
2006  'Landscapes'  Jackman gallery, Melbourne
2005  'Journey'  rex-livingston art dealer, Sydney
2005  'Emerald City II'  Washhouse Gallery, Sydney
2004  'Emerald City', TAP Gallery, Sydney
2001  'New Paintings', Campsie Central Library, Sydney
2000  'New Paintings' James Harvey Gallery, Sydney
1999   Self-Portrait in the Age of Appropriation with Lindy Lee, Gallery 4A, Sydney
1998  'Self-Portraits II', James Harvey Gallery, Sydney
1997  'Self-Portraits', James Harvey Gallery, Sydney



Awards & Finalist

2020  Finalist, Byron Arts Magazine Art Prize, NRCG NSW

2020  Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Vic

2020  Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

2019  Finalist, KAAF Art Prize, Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney

2019  Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

2018  Finalist, KAAF ART PRIZE, Korea Cultural Centre in Sydney (Winner of people's choice award)

2018  Finalist, Hadley Art Prize, Hadley Oriental Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania

2018  Finalist, Tattersall's Landscape Art Prize, Tattersall Club, QLD

2018  Finalist, King's School Art Prize, King's school, NSW

2018  Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

2017  Finalist, KAAF Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney

2017  Finalist, Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, QLD

2017  Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre

2016  Finalist, KAAF Art Prize, Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney

2016  Finalist, Paddington Art Prize, Sydney

2016  Winner of Commendation Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Sydney

2016  Finalist, Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, QLD

2016  Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD

2015  Finalist, KAAF Art Prize, Korean Cultural Centre Gallery, Sydney

2015  Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD

2015  Finalist, Tattersall's Club Landscape art prize, Qld

2015  Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Prize (Open & Drawing sections), Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

2014  Winner of Members choice award, KAAF Art Prize, Korean Cultural Office, Sydney

2014  Finalist, Fisher's Ghost Art Awards, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2014  Finalist, 25th Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, Qld

2013  Finalist, 1st KAAF Art Prize, Korean Cultural Office, Sydney

2013  Finalist, Paddington Art Prize, Mary Place gallery, Sydney

2013  Finalist, The King's School Art Prize, The King's School, Sydney
2012  Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
2012  Finalist, Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane Qld
2012  Finalist, NSW Parliament plein air painting prize, NSW Parliament House
2012  Finalist, Albany Art Prize, Albany Town Hall, WA
2011  Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery
2010  Finalist, The Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
2010  Finalist, The Wynne prize, The Art Gallery of NSW
2010  Finalist, The City of Albany Art Prize, the Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, Western Australia.
2008  Finalist, The Paddington Art Prize, Mary Place gallery, Sydney
2008  Finalist, The City of Albany Art Prize, the Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, Western Australia
2002  1st prize winner of Campion Art Awards (Carnival Christi)
1997  Recipient of William Fletcher Trust Grants, SCA
1997  Winner of Chroma Australia Art Prize, SCA
1995  Winner of The Robert Le Gay Breton drawing prize, Art Gallery of NSW
1995  Winner of Dobell Foundation Scholarship, SCA

1994  Highly Commended Prize, Winsor & Newton Australian Awards 1994, the Art in Action Expo, Sydney

1993  Finalist, Winsor & Newton Australian Awards 1993, Willandra Art Gallery, Ryde NSW Sydney
1992  Winner of TAFE painting award, National Art School
1992  Winner of People's Choice Award, Waverley art prize 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020   Sydney Lunar New Year Lantern Festival, Horse Lanterns designed by Min-Woo Bang, produced by the City of Sydney

           Muswellbrook Art Prize Finalists exhibition, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

           40 by 40 Project, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

                PRIMAVERAL' | GROUP EXHIBITION, 2nd September - 3rd October, Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane Qld

            BAM Art Prize finalists exhibition, NRCG NSW

            KAAF group exhibition, 29 Nov - 29 Jan 2021, Korea Australia Cultural Centre

2019   GIFTING, Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of the Lewers Bequest, 7 Sept to 17 November 2019

           30th Tattersalls's Club Landscape art prize, Tattersalls's club, Brisbane, QLD

           Muswellbrook Art Prize Finalists exhibition, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

           KAAF art prize finalists exhibition, Korea Cultural Centre, Sydney

2018   Hadley's Art Prize finalists exhibition, Hadley's Oriental Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania       

           The Best of the Best, Gallery One, QLD

           Finalists exhibition, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

           Director's Choice show, Mitchell Fine Art, QLD

           Summer Show, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

           The King's Art Prize, King's School, Sydney

           KAAF art prize finalists exhibition, Korea Cultural Centre, Sydney

2017   40 by 40 Project, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

           Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Reginal Arts Centre, NSW

           Director's Choice, Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane.

2016   Paddington Art Prize finalist exhibition, Sydney

           Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

           Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, QLD

           Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD

           90th Years Celebration of St Gregory's College Art Show

           20 by 20 Group show, Gallery Klei, Sydney

           TwentyTwenty, Chinese New Year Group show, curated by Claudia Chan Shaw, Kensington Contemporary, Sydney

2015   KAAF Art Prize, Korean Cultural Centre Gallery, Sydney

           Gold Coast Art Prize Finalist show, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD

          'Crafted light', group show, Aptos Cruz Galleries, SA

          'Works on paper', Manyung Galleries, Vic

          '43rd Muswellbrook Art Prize', Muswellbrook Reginal Arts Centre, NSW

           Australian & Korean artists Exhibition, 'Uncertain Paradise', Imazoo Gallery, Seoul, Korea , 3 July -21 July

           Art from Australia, Gail Art Museum, South Korea, 26 August ~ 14 October

          Tattersall Club Landscape Art Prize, QLD

          Art and Culture- Beyond the Surroundings, 13 August - 11 September, Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney

2014   Crossing Boundaries, Asian Australian art exhibition, Sydney Town Hall

           Artists Residency at Sir Anthony Mason Chambers, Sydney

           DRAWING show,  A FUNDAMENTAL LIBERATION IV, Wagner art gallery

            Fisher's Ghost Art Awards, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

          The 25th Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, Qld

           KAAF Art Prize Finalists exhibition, Korean Cultural Office, Sydney

2013   1st Sydney Contemporary 13 Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney

           Small Images/ Grand Vision 40x40 group show, Wagner art gallery, Sydney

          Seattle Affordable art fair, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle

          1st KAAF art prize exhibition, Korean Cultural office, Sydney
          Paddington Art Prize finalists exhibition, Mary Place gallery, Sydney

          Snake Snake Snake- A Celebration of Asian Australian Art Exhibition, Sydney Town Hall
          Luxury collection launch at Bird in Hand Winery gallery, SA

          The King's art prize, The King's School, Sydney

          The Story of the Creative exhibition (digital show), Long Island City gallery, New York
2012  Albany Art Prize, Albany Town Hall, Albany, WA

          Samll Iamges/ Grand Vision 40x40 Group Show, Wagner art gallery, Sydney
          NSW Parliament plein air painting prize, NSW Parliament House
          Tattersall Landscape Prize exhibtion, QLD
          Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast city Gallery, QLD
2011  Group show "Pause...Where are we now?", organized by KWASS, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
          Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery
          Collector's choice, Wagner art gallery
2010  The Stan and Maureen Duke Prize at Gold Coast City Gallery
          The Wynne prize exhibition, Art Gallery of N S W, Sydney
          Summer group show, Wagner art gallery       
          Albany Art Prize, The Vancouver Arts Centre, Western Australia
          Collector's Choice, Wagner art gallery, Sydney
          Guildford Grammar School Art & Sale Exhibition, Perth
          Small Images/Grand Visions, 40x40cm group show @ Wagner art   gallery,  9.Oct - 3.Nov
          Stock Room Exhibition, Wagner Art Gallery
          Chapman & Bailey Art Awards 2010, @ Metro Arts, Brisbane
          Christmas Group Show - Wagner art gallery 
          BSG Small works Prize, Brunswick Street gallery

2009  Winter gallery artists group show, Diehl gallery, Jackson Hole, US
         Korea Woman's art society in Sydney 3rd Group show, Farm House gallery, Sydney
         Christmas group show, Wagner art gallery
         Collector's Choice, Wagner art gallery, Sydney
         Group exhibition, Diehl gallery, Jackson Hole, US
         Artists@Ashfield Group show, Thirning Villa (Ashfield), sponsored by Ashfield council
         Korea-Australia Exchange exhibition, organized by Gong-Pyung artspace (Korea) and Cross Bay gallery(Sydney), Global           gallery,Sydney
2008  The city of Albany Art Prize, the Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany,  Western Australia
          The Paddington Art Prize, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2007  Showcase, Gallery O, Perth, Western Australia
          Sydney International Art Show (Korea & Australia), Kara's Art gallery, Sydney
2006  3 artists show, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne
          New 3 artists group show, Kazari Collector, Melbourne
          Christmas group show, Rex-Livingston art dealer
2005  Art Sydney 05,  RHI & Hordern Pavilion
         Group exhibition, Rex-Livingston art dealer
2004  Group show (Michael Nagy gallery)
          Cromwell's art auction
          Labor group show,Tap Gallery, Sydney
          Fundraising show, Gallery 4A, Sydney
2002  Royal Easter show
          Art exhibition for Launch of Burwood's cultural & community centre, Burwood
          Campion art prize (Sydney University), First prize
2001  4A gallery members show
2000  King's school art prize, King's School
1999  'Kr' Korean artists show, curated by min-woo bang
          King's school art prize, King's School
         Contemporary painting show (curated by Su Baker), SCA gallery
         Blacktown City Council art exhibition
         'Art as art' a collective 99 project
1998  King's School Art prize
          4A Gallery members show
1997  SCA, Honours Graduation show
1996  SCA, BVA Grauduating Show
1994  Winsor & Newton Australian Awards & Art Expo
1993  National Art School, final year show
          Winsor & Newton Australian Awards
1992  Third Loyld Rees memorial art award exhibition 
          Waverley Art Prize, finalists exhibition


References

Andrew Frost, The Inexhaustible Immensity of the Sky, Jan 2018

Andrew Frost, Art Collector, Critic's Choice, p176-177, July-August 2017.
Andrew Frost, Australian Art Collector (no.1), p.26,1997

Andrew Frost, Critic's Picks, Sydney Morning Herald, 11.Oct.2013  http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/critics-picks-20131010-2v91z.html

Andrew Frost, The Guardian,  http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/australia-culture-blog/2014/aug/18/melbourne-art-fair-paintings-perfume-rolls-royce

ABC Radio National, Weekend Arts, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/weekendarts/min-woo-bang/5696754

Art Dot.TV  http://www.artdot.tv/melbourne-art-fair-2014.html

Australian House & Garden, p23,January 2015

Australian House & Garden, April issue, 2018

Bruce James, 'Arts', The Sydney Morning Herald, April.17.1999.
Bruce James, 'Galleries', The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb.7.1997

Gifting Exhibition, Penrith regional gallery, 2019 https://www.bluemts.com.au/news/gifting-exhibition-celebrates-the-story-of-penrith-regional-gallery-home-of-the-lewers-bequest/

Lenny Ann Low 'Open Gallery' Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 5-6, 2005
Lesley Zampatti, 'Luscious Landscapes', Post, 20 April 2013-p.64.
Inner Western Courier, tuesday 8 febuary 2005 , p36.
Elizabeth Fortescue, The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, Feb 12, 2005-p36.
Jin Kwon, The Korean Times (Sydney), 7.July.2006

Jin Kwon, Hanho Korean Daily,24.May.2018  http://www.hanhodaily.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=56600
Trevor Lang, 'Insight of Min Woo Bang', Artist's Palette Magazine, No 46, 2006

The Artist Magazine, http://www.theartist.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=1626

Virgin Australia Voyeur magazine, September issue, p138, 2013

 Mosman Art Prize 2016 article: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/mosman-daily/

Vogue Australia, ART & Design Edited by Freya Herring, July-August edition 2017, p.112

*The permanent collection of the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 2018

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The Inexhaustible Immensity of the Sky


There is an undeniably powerful sense of the sublime in Min Woo Bang’s paintings. His skyscapes have an immediate visual attraction, suggesting the majestic language of classical European landscape paintings, but transposed to a place that is both familiar and strange. Something is conjured out of nothingness in these pictures, the ephemeral beauty of clouds organised into the record of fleeting dramas that conclude with the setting of the sun.


Bang’s use of perspective, often setting his roiling clouds above mountains and forests, gently directs the viewer’s eye to the centre of the picture. The artist’s love of 16th and 17th century European landscape paintings can be found in these kinds of compositions, where the details of supporting scenery, say a suggestion of a tree or a branch, or even a range of mountains, act as a frame to the central subject – the sky itself. And by using the Australian landscape as his key subject, Bang also suggests in his work not so much a Romantic lineage, but perhaps a more Gothic imagination.


Bang’s paintings reinstate this idea of the majesty of nature into art, in what he calls ‘the inexhaustible immensity of the sky’. Working from hundreds of photographs taken on annual field trips to the mountains in January when the summer rains roll in, Bang creates sketches and preliminary small works in acrylics and oils in preparation for the move to a larger canvas. The paintings begin as abstract fields of colour as Bang works to find within them the form of the final picture, finalised under a silky glaze. He discovers within the paint the atmosphere of the picture, what the artist refers to as ‘another dimension for understanding the world.’


For Bang, it is nature that creates the image, but for the viewer there is a sense of another undeniable truth in the picture. Where the very chemistry of the atmosphere may eventually kill us, we are confronted in Bang’s images of our own momentary lives. This is both their power and their beauty.

 

Dr. Andrew Frost
January 2018

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