Bright Sand Black Sky by Seong Moy

Bright Sand Black Sky by Seong Moy

Bright Sand Black Sky

Seong Moy

Title

Bright Sand Black Sky

 
Artist

Seong Moy

  1921 - 2013 (biography)
Year
1969  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
20 1/4 x 16" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
27 of 50  
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left; dated after the signature 
Reference
Syracuse .020 
Paper
antique-white laid Japanese 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
MOY107 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

Chinese born Seong Moy (1921-2013) came to the US (Minnesota) when he was 10. Moy worked in the WPA and studied with Hans Hoffman in 1940 and at Atelier 17 with S.W. Hayter in New York, working in a combination of abstracted Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Moy's work, though abstract in its composition, drew on the calligraphic imagery of the Chinese language.

For this late abstract expressionist composition, 'Bright Sand Black Sky', Moy again used his favorite printmaking medium, color woodcut. The artist's use of the white paper and bright color creates the sparkle of the sandy beaches.

Moy spent time in 1968 at Montego Bay, a beachfront resort in Jamaica which is the capital of St. James Parish on Jamaica's north coast, quite probably the inspiration for this composition.