Tevita (Hyun Do) Sung, Ahead of the Curve

Tevita (Hyun Do) Sung’s imagined landscapes are broken down into a sort of plastic geometry; their forms rendered simply and graphically to the point where they transform into abstract compositions. Contrasting high-key colours are juxtaposed to evoke a sense of strata and depth. Sung’s works describe an emotional, even utopian experience of the New Zealand landscape; he is concerned with perception, imagination, memory and desire rather than topography.

Sung graduated with a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland in 2015, and was awarded the 2015 Gordon Harris Elam Bachelor of Fine Arts Award. He has works in a number of private collections across South Korea and NZ, including the collection of the Wallace Arts Trust. Sung is currently based in South Korea.