Montego Bay by Seong Moy

Montego Bay by Seong Moy

Montego Bay

Seong Moy

Title

Montego Bay

 
Artist

Seong Moy

  1921 - 2013 (biography)
Year
1968 -1969 
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
20 1/8 x 26 1/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
23 of 50  
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left 
Reference
Syracuse .093 
Paper
soft, antique-white wove paper 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
MOY109 
Price
$1,200.00 
Description

Chinese born Seong Moy (1921-2013) came to the US (Minnesota) when he was 10. After working in the WPA he went on to study with both Hans Hoffman and S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York. Moy's work was Abstract Expressionist, even using color woodcut.

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, 'Montego Bay', Moy again used his favorite printmaking medium, color woodcut. The artist's use of metallic inks shimmer and reflect the sparkle of the water and the sandy beaches.

Montego Bay is a beachfront resort in Jamaica and is the capital of St. James Parish on Jamaica's north coast. In 2017 Jamaica suffered damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Moy's abstract image of 1968 bears a striking similarity to the projections of that hurricane. The composition can be viewed as a tranquil overview of a resort, or the horror of a destructive force of nature.