Ham Sup was born in 1942 and for many years worked on canvas in oils and acrylic medium; early in the 1980s, however, he began to explore paper art using traditional Korean mulberry paper his medium, in an attempt to express himself as an artist without nostalgia for the past, for what once existed hut is now over and gone, though still working within the continuum of that culture.

His works may sometimes resemble oil-paintings in certain respects, but they are in fact composed using a thick sheet of mulberry paper made in traditional manner as their basic support. Colored sheets of paper and old books are soaked in water, then the fragments are matched and fixed to this support; while tearing and fixing, he beats them with a hard brush, creating his work by concentrating uniquely on the particular ¡®flavor¡¯ of the mulberry paper, the essence of pattern and color expressed through an initial destruction. Ham Sup completely transforms the original appearance and nature of his basic materials; they are reborn in his work, a process resulting in a hitherto unseen blending of East and West, of past and present and yielding works of contemporary art replete with a traditional Korean flavor.

 
1942 Born in Chuncheon, Korea
1966 B.F.A, College of Fine Arts, Hong-Ik University, Seoul
1983 M.F.A, Dong-Kuk University
 
Solo Exhibitions ¤Ó Group Exhibitions ¤Ó Collections ¤Ó Contact Address  
2017 Gallery Coop Invitation Exhibition, Gallery Coop
   
2016 Gallery Coop Invitation Exhibition, Gallery Coop
   
2015 Park Soo Keun Museum Special Invitation Exhibition, Ham Sup (Identity of Korea)
Galley Coop Opening Commemoration Exhibition (Korea Art Cooperative)
J cube Museum Planning Exhibition (J cube Museum)
   
2013 Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
Invitation Exhibition of Wonju Hanji Theme Park
West Brook Gallery Invitation Exhibition, Carmel, California, USA
Chuncheon Museum (7th Memorial Exhibition for Dong-gok award)
   
2011 Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
West Brook Gallery Invitation Exhibition, Carmel, California, USA
   
2010 Galerie Bhak, Seoul
   
2009 Art & Museum Invitation Exhibition (3.2 - 3.14)
   
2008 Gallery Sonamou Invitation Exhibition
The Opening Invitation Exhibition Gongpyeong Artspace seoul
   
2007 Galerie COVALENCO, Geldrop, Holland
   
2006 Galerie Bhak, Seoul
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery
   
2003 Galerie Bhak, Seoul
POSCO Gallery, Pohang
2001

Galerie COVALENCO, Geldrop, Holland
Galerie Bhak, Seoul
Gallery Asia, Hong Kong

2000 Gallery Asia, Hong Kong
1999 Galerie Bhak, Seoul
1998 Gallery Amber, Holland
1997 Galerie Muller-Brunert, Koln
1996 Chongro Gallery, Seoul
1994 Chongro Gallery, Seoul
Yemac Gallery, Seoul
Galerie Muller -Brunert, Koln
1993 Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul
Kangnam Gallery, Seoul
1992 Dan Gallery, Seoul
1991 Indeco Gallery, Seoul
1987 Whan Gallery, Seoul
1986 Woo-jung Art Gallery, Seoul
1985 Suk Gallery, Seoul
1983 Total Gallery, Seoul
1978 The Korean Culture and Art Foundation Center, Seoul
 
2017 Pyeong Chang Biennale 2017
Plas 2017 - Contemporary Art Show, Coex, Seoul
Art in Gangwon 2017, Chuncheon Culture Hall
Chennai Chamber Biennale, India
Paper Revolution, NewYork PoKim Art Gallery, NewYork
   
2016 The Classic Exhibition of Chuncheon, Chuncheon Culture Foundation, Chuncheon Culture Hall
SOAF 2016, JH Gallery, COEX
Art in Gangwon, Chuncheon Culture Hall
WOW Dream 50 Years (7 persons 7 colors), Misulsegye Special Invitation
Powerful Gangwon Exihibition 2016, Chuncheon MBC, Chuncheon National Museum
   
2015 Beyond the border of Korean painting, Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism
Poetics of Hanji and contemporary Art, White Echoesi (Museum San)
   
2014 SCOPE Miami Beach (12.2 - 12.7) Bon Gallery
Art Show Busan 2014, Bexco, Lee Seoul Gallery
The Artistic Spirits of Modern Artists on Paper, Gallery Hyundai
The 7th Annual Art Hamttons, Bon Gallery
The 13th KIAF (Korea International Art Fair) Bon Gallery, COEX Hall, Seoul
   
2013 G - Seoul 13 International Art Fair, Gallery Mee
Powerful Gangwon Exihibition 2013
Invitation Exhibition at Won-Ju Hanji Theme Park - 15 Artist Hanji Painting Exhibition
   
2012 Hanji Project, New York, 6. 28 - 7. 5
Art Gwang Ju Special Exihibition
The 11th KIAF (Korea International Art Fair) Mee Galerie, COEX Hall, Seoul
Korea Galleries Art Fair (Mee Gallery), COEX Hall, Seoul Korea
KCAF (Korea Contemporary Art Festival)XII, Seoul Art Center, Seoul Korea
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Galerie Bhak, Fort Mason Center, California, U.S.A
   
2011 KCAF (Korea Contemporary Art Festival) XI, Seoul Art Center, Seoul Korea
Powerful Gangwon Exigbition 2011, Chuncheon National Museum, Chuncheon Korea
   
2010 Toronto Art Expo, 2010. 2. 25 - 2. 28
Korean Art Show in New York, 2010. 3. 3 - 3. 7
KCAF (Korea Contemporary Art Festival) X, Seoul Art Center, Seoul Korea
   
2009 2009 Peace Dream Arts Festival, ES - CORAZON Arte de Corea-Ahora
The 8th KIAF (Korea International Art Fair) Galerie Bhak, COEX Hall, Seoul
Germany Karlsruhe Art Fair, Gallery Bhak
KCAF (Korea Contemporary Art Festival) IX, Seoul Art Center, Seoul Korea
Spectrum exhibition (Rhythm, shape,communion) Sejong Center, seoul (9.25 - 10.10)
   
2008

Korean Abstract Art 1958~2008, Seoul Museum of Art
ARCO 08, CAIS gallery, Spain
2008 Korea International Art Fair, Seoul
Art 2008 Chicago at Navy Pier-Galerie Bhak, Festival Hall, Illinois, USA
KCAF (Korea Contemporary Art Festival) VIII, Seoul Art Center, Seoul Korea

   
2007 ARCO 07, Galerie Bhak, Parque Gerial Juan Carlos I, Madrid, Spain
International Art Festival 2007
2007 Korea International Art Fair, Seoul
Art 2007 Chicago at Navy Pier-Galerie Bhak, Festival Hall, Illinois, USA
MALLORCA, SPAIN
2006 The Scent of Korea (The taste and style of tradition), Daegu Culture Center, Daegu
KCAF (Korea Contemporary Art Festival) VI, Seoul Art Center, Seoul Korea
The 5th KIAF (Korea International Art Fair), Galerie Bhak.COEX Hall, Seoul
Art Cologne '2006. Galerie Bhak, Rhineside Halls, Cologne, Germany
Exhibition of Korea/China Contemporary Arts, Seoul
2006 Korea/Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sejong Center, Seoul
ARCO 06, Galerie Bhak, Parque Gerial Juan Carlos I, Madrid, Spain
Arte Fiera, Galerie Bhak, Bologna Exhibition Center, Bologna, Italy
2005 Arte Cologne 2005, Galerie Bhak, Rhineside HAlls, Cologne, Germany
2005 Korea/China Contermporary Art Exhibition, Sejong Center, Seoul
2005 Gongju International Art Festival, Gongju, Korea
Korea-Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sejong Center, Seoul
Korea Contemporary Art Exhibition of Documenta I-For a New Art, noam Gallery, Seoul
China-Korea Contemporary Art Exhibition, ñéÏÐ ä¢? ù¼úÅ? Ú¸âúν, China
Art 2005 Chicago at Navy Pier-Galerie Bhak, Festival Hall, Illinois, USA
The 5th Korean Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
ARCO, Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I, Madrid, Spain
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Galerie Bhak, Fort Mason Center, California, U.S.A
2004

Korean Paper & Spirit, Sejong Center, Seoul
Japan-Korean Contemporary Art Festival, Tokyo
Shanghai Art Fair, Royal Melbourne Center, Melbourne, Australia
Art Cologne ¡®2004-Galerie Bhak, Rhineside Halls, Cologne, Germany
Perspective of 2004 Contemporary Fine Art, Sejong Center, Seoul
Art 2004 Chicago at Navy Pier-Galerie Bhak, Festival Hall, Illinois, USA
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Galerie Bhak, Fort Mason Center, California, U.S.A
ARCO in Seoul, Galerie Bhak, Seoul
ARCO, Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I, Madrid, Spain
The 4th Korean Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

2003 2003 ¡®Tradition & Innovation ¥²¡¯, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
Art 2003 Chicago at Navy Pier-Galerie Bhak, Festival Hall, Illinois, USA
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Galerie Bhak,
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California, USA
Korea-Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition
Korea Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
The Seoul Art Exhibition 2003, Seoul
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul Korea
International Art Fair, Coex, Seoul
¡®Tradition & Innovation ¥² - Koreanisohe Gegenwartskunst¡¯, Museum for Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin
2002 San Francisco international Art Exposition, Galerie Bhak
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California, USA
¡®Tradition & Innovation ¥± - Koeanisohe Gegenwartskunst¡¯, Museum Zollverein Halle 6, Essen, Germany
¡®Tradition & Innovation ¥± - Korean Contemporary Art¡¯,UN Office, Geneva, Switzerland
Art 2002 Chicago at Navy Pier-Galerie Bhak, Festival Hall, Illinois, USA
Art 33 Basel, Gallery Hyundai, Hallen der Messe Basel, Basel, Swiss
Art Cologne ¡®2002-Galerie Bhak, Rhineside Halls, Cologne, Germany
Seoul Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Asian Spirit in Remembrance of Busan Asian Games, Busan Municipal Museum of Art, Busan
2002 World of Korean-Japanese Paper, Matanggol Museum, Seoul
2002 Korean-Japanese Contemporary Art, Gana Art Center, Seoul
Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Melbourne Center, Melbourne, Australia
2001 Seoul Art Exhibition, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Seoul
Korean Contemporary Art Since 1980, Galerie HAHA, Kronberg
Korean Contemporary Art Since 1980, Korean Culture Center in German, Berlin
Featherstone 2001, ¡°Visions Through Glass & Paper¡±, Galerie ASIA,
Martha¡¯s Vineyard, Messachusetts, USA
A Decade of Transition and Pyramics, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Art Cologne ¡®2001 - Galerie Bhak, Rhineside Halls, Cologne, Germany
Art 32 Basel, Gallery Hyundai, Hallen der Messe Basel, Basel, Swiss
Art 2001 Chicago at Navy Pier - Galerie Bhak, Festival Hall, Illinois, USA
Palm Springs Art Fair, Galerie BHAK, Palm Springs Convention Hall, Palm Springs, USA
Art Miami 2000, Galerie BHAK, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, USA
2000 Art Cologne ¡®2002 Galerie Bhak, Rhineside Halls, Cologne, Germany
Opening Art Exhibition for Korean Culture Center in Russia, Moscow
Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Melbourne Center, Melbourne, Australia
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Grlerie Bhak, Mason Center, San Francisco, California, USA
Art 31 Basel, Gallery Hyundai, Hallen der Messe Basel, Basel, Swiss
Art 2000 Chicago at Navy Pier-Galerie Bhak, Festival Convention Hall, Palm Springs, USA
Art Miami 2000, Galerie BHAK, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, USA
1999 Art Cologne ¡¯99-Galerie Bhak, Rhineside Halls, Cologne, Germany
The Contemporary Korean Paper Exhibition, Gorcum Museum,Gorcum, Holland
Seoul Art Exhibition, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Seoul
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Galerie Bhak, Fort MasonCenter, San Francisco, California, USA
FIAC ¡¯99-Galerie Bhak, Pavillon du Parc-Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
Art 30 Basel, Gallery Hyundai, Hallen der Messe Basel, Basel, Swiss
Art 1999 Chicago at Navy Pier - Galerie Bhak, Festival Hall, Illinois, USA
Art Brussels ¡¯99-Galerie Bhak, Brussels Exhibition Center, Brussels, Belgium
The 4th Sharjah international Art Biennial, Sharjah Expo Center, Sharjah, UAE
1998 Art Cologne ¡¯98-Galerie Bhak, Cologne Messe, Germany
San Francisco International Art Exposition - Galerie Bhak, Fort Mason Center, California, USA
1997 Seoul Art Fair ¡¯97. Gallery Cho - Sun, Seoul
Seoul Art Exhibition, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Seoul
NICAF ¡¯97, Gallery Cho-Sun, Tokyo
1996 FIAC ¡®96, Gallery Cho-Sun, Paris
SIAF ¡®96, Gallery Cho-Sun, Seoul
Seoul Art Fair ¡¯96 Gallery Cho-Sun, Seoul
¡¯96 Seoul Art Exhibition, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Seoul
1995 ¡¯95 Invitational exhibition of Korean fine arts, Seoul Arts Center
Korean paper, emotion and molding, Whanki museum, Seoul
1994 Seoul National Modern Art Festival, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwachon
Art New York international, New York
The 8th Triennale India, New Delhi
1993 Art-expo New York, New York
1992 Art-Korea and Hong Kong art center
92 IAA in Seoul, Hangaram Museum, Seoul
Invitation of contemporary art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
1991 1991 Physical properties & changeability of Korean paper, Total art museum, Seoul
1990~92 Contemporary art festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
1987 Salon des Artistes Francais, Grand Palais, Paris
The 18th San Paulo Biennale, Brazil
 
Rockefeller Foundation, USA
Boeringer Collection, Germany
Seoul Supreme Prosecutor's new office, Seoul
Foundation Juan Marche, Spain
Museum of Hong-Ik University, Seoul
Hansol paper manufacturing company, Seoul
Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwachon, Korea
Total Art Museum, Seoul
Korea Specialty contractor Financial cooperative, Seoul
French Embassy, Seoul
Korea Information Service, Berlin, Germany
Korea Information Service, Osaka, Japan
Korea Information Service, Moscow
The museum of Korean Paper Art, Seoul
Busan Broadcasting Center, Busan
Busan Metropolitan Museum of Art, Busan
UN Office, Geneva, Switzerland
Miniature Museum of contemporary Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Awards :
2013 Korea Artist Award (Main Award) (Korean Fine Arts Association)
2013 Decorated for Order of Cultural Merit (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism)
2012 The 7th Dong-Gok Award (Sector of Cultural Art) from Dong-Gok Social Welfare Foundation
2011 Arts Award in Gang Won Province (Sector of Cultural Art)
 
Home Address Pungryu 1 gil - 95, Jeng-ri, Sindong-myun, Chuncheon, Gangwondo, Republic of Korea
Telephone 82-33-262-0634(Studio)
  82-10-5383-5413(Mobile)
E-Mail hamjongsup@naver.com