Park Hong-Gu

1966 Born in South Korea

Park Hong-Gu is a successful furniture designer whose experimentation in creating abstract forms has moved him into the realm of a conceptual artist. He became well known for his abstract paintings formed in the burnt wood on furniture and objects. Now at a new stage in his career, achieved through meditation, he has let go of the drive to create functional pieces and instead aims to produce a purely aesthetic form. Park carves large pieces of wood, in triangular form – a shape that is challenging to a woodworker due to the high wood waste it creates. Choosing this form has become a symbolic practice for Park, signifying his deep routed, fearful journey from practical woodworker to artist.

Selected Public Collection

Victoria & Albert Museum, UK