Anthony TungNing Huang is an illustrator, printmaker and ballroom dancer. Upon taking his first printmaking class at SCAD last winter he immediately connected with the process.
“As a printmaker, my work primarily focuses on communicating the beauty in the simplicity of Nature,” Huang said. “This work is an exploration of how I view the world and my place within it.”
As a Taiwanese-American printmaker, born in Taipei and raised in Shanghai, China, his work is often inspired by traditional Eastern prints and influenced by the places he has lived: Los Angeles and Savannah.
“My current artistic practice is profoundly influenced by Chinese flower-and-bird paintings, which depict the beauty of nature,” Huang said. “These paintings often convey symbolic meanings, mostly reflecting a yearning for happiness and harmony. Nature, weeds, and wildflowers have strong vitality, and the beauty of the blooming of life is one of the things I most admire about this world.”
His work in “The Reckless Blossoms of Weeds” at Cedar House Gallery was made using several different types of print processes such as monoprints, which are one-of-a-kind prints, lithographs, intaglio prints, and relief printing, otherwise known as block printing.
“He has one monoprint triptych that takes up a full wall,” said SCAD printmaking studio tech Hannah Clark. “As we’ve been working on it, we’ve been calling it the ‘Savannah Piece.’ The actual title is ‘Garden of Dust.’ It contains floral and fauna from Savannah as a tribute to his time here.”
His large three-panel work features local animals, Spanish moss, and live oak trees in this body of work that is highly symbolic and an ode to the beauty of Savannah.
“He takes these symbols and tries to put himself in them, so it’s not a copy of something that has already been done,” Clark said. “He’s taking a traditional way or working it and then doing it in his own unique way, and making it more modern and relevant.”
Hung will takeover printmaking company, Speedball’s Instagram feed and stories @speedball_art, and his account @nirvana.chaos from May 13-16th. During this time he will be doing a giveaway of two of his prints.
“The Reckless Blossoms of Weeds” exhibit opens May 14 at Cedar House Gallery from 6-9 p.m., with special music guests, The DRAUCKER Duo. This event is free and open to the public.