Hysesung Song: new preparatory works


Apr 20, 2023


Smith library


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Hyeseung Song will introduce and explain new preparatory works she made over the summer in Brittany, France, for a new body of work.

About the Speaker

Hyeseung Song, formerly Marriage-Song, is an American contemporary representational painter best known for her large-scale figurative oil paintings and prints whose visual idioms toggle between resolution and fragmentation. Her work explores themes of creativity, psychological incipience and the life of the artist.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Song grew up in Texas and studied philosophy at Princeton and Harvard Universities. In her mid-twenties, she returned to her childhood passion of art, leaving academia to pursue painting at the Water Street Atelier, now the Grand Central Atelier in New York City. After completing her studies in 2008, she was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant (again in 2011) and began to exhibit, first in New York City and then nationally.

Song is a devoted teacher and has instructed privately as well as at institutions such as the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Queens Council on the Arts’ High School 2 Art School Program as well as the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, during which time she was named among Baltimore Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2013 for her work creating synergies between the science and art communities in that city. She is often invited to address high school and college audiences, and was a featured speaker at Princeton University at its TedX Conference in 2016 as well as at the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton’s Leadership Conference in 2021.

She has received competitive residencies at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists in Brittany, France, Penland School of Arts and Craft, the Vermont Studio Center as well as others, and her work resides in private collections internationally. Until recently, Song served on the board of the New York Artists Equity Association, a nonprofit founded in 1947 by artists and patrons with the mission of promoting opportunities for the arts community. Her work is in private collections internationally.

Song’s debut memoir Worth is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. She lives and works in Brooklyn.