Sun Wuk Kim
Korean seal carving
Sun Wuk Kim began studying calligraphy and the art of seal carving in Seoul, South Korea, with the renowned Korean master of calligraphy and seal-carving, Cholnong Kiwoo Lee, who gave Kim the artistic name Hanong, which means Cultivator of the Lotus. Dr. Kim has exhibited his work in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He also practices contemporary calligraphy, a modern art form, organizing the annual International Contemporary Calligraphy Exhibitions. Since moving to the United States in 1976, Dr. Kim has worked to introduce the traditions of the art of Korean seal carving to Korean communities in America. He founded the Art of Seal Carving Society in Los Angeles in 2003.
Korean seal carving or engraving is a specialized art form that requires mastery of traditional calligraphy and artistic creativity to transform a block of stone, wood or ivory into a unique “signature.” Students must master several types of calligraphy before they can learn to carve seals. Because the calligraphy is traced in reverse on the surface of the stone, the carver uses a small mirror to check the accuracy and aesthetic of the design.
The strokes of Dr. Kim’s calligraphy reveal the importance of line, shape, and space in Korean seal carving. Of seal carving, Dr. Kim says, “This is not only the technique or skill of the hand. This is also the skill of the spirit. This is a skill of calligraphic spirit.”
In 2002, Dr. Kim was a master artist in ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program with apprentice Tae Sun Hwang.
Art of Ink in America, New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York, 2005; Mobile Museum, Mobile, Alabama, 2004; Xian, China, 2003; Newark Museum, Newark, New York, 2000
Line of Fragrance, Korean-American Museum Los Angeles, California, 1998
Brush Lines, Warren Gallery Museum of Hartwick, Oneonta, New York, 1995
Contemporary Calligraphy, Kang Collection & Gallery, New York, New York, 1994
Advisory Councilor, Tenjien Seal Carving Academy, China
Honorary President, FeiMo Cultural Association, Florence, Italy
ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program, Master Artist, 2002
President of Art of Ink in America Society
President of Korean American Calligraphy Association, USA
President of Art of Seal Carving, USA
Private instructor, 25 students, 1997-present
Educational presentations to schools or community organizations
Offers works for sale