The Wanton Alchemist by Seong Moy

The Wanton Alchemist by Seong Moy

The Wanton Alchemist

Seong Moy

Title

The Wanton Alchemist

 
Artist

Seong Moy

  1921 - 2013 (biography)
Year
1951  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
12 1/8 x 16" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
6/14; apart from an edition of 9 and a second edition (#2) of of 9 
Annotations
titled, dated, and numbered 
Reference
illustrated: Artist's Proof, issue no.6, p.45; Syracuse 160 
Paper
long fibered laid paper 
State
artist 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
14463 
Price
$1,400.00 
Description
An early, flowing, gestural woodcut by Moy who had worked at Atelier 17 in New York just before this print was done. "The Wanton Alchemist #1" was illustrated in 1967 inArtist's Proof, issue no.6, p.45 for a "History of the Society of American Graphic Artists" by Pauline Inman. A native of China, Seong Moy was born in Canton in 1921. He immigrated to the United States in 1931, settling with his family in St. Paul, Minnesota. While still in his teens, Moy studied at the WPA/FAP school in St. Paul and later with Cameron Booth at the St. Paul School of Art. Moy worked in the Federal Art Project print shop in Minneapolis from 1939 to 1941. In 1941, he was awarded a scholarship to the Art Students’ League in New York where he studied with Vaclav Vytlacil and that same year he studied at the Hofmann School with Hans Hofmann. He worked at Atelier 17 in New York between 1948 and 1950. Moy began his teaching career in 1951 with painting classes at the University of Minnesota. Over the years he taught part time at various universities and colleges, including Smith College, Vassar College, Cooper Union, Pratt Graphic Center and the Art Students’ League. Following the lead of Hans Hofmann, he opened the Seong Moy School of Painting and Graphic Arts in Provincetown in 1954 and taught summer courses for twenty years. In 1955 Moy won a Guggenheim Fellowship and became Professor of Art at City College of New York in 1970. Moy’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library and the Worcester Art Museum.