The Prints of Seong Moy
January 25 – March 20, 2011
This exhibition was a limited retrospective look at Seong Moy’s career as printmaker. His early works, small but complicated woodcuts on soft luminous papers, were immediately accepted by artists, curators, and the purchasing public. A painterly quality, so important to his entire graphic output, is evident in much of this work and is all the more special because it is captured in color wood block prints that require great sophistication and skill from the artist. As Moy’s career continued to develop, his interest in capturing spatial relationships of shapes and forms in his compositions, was heightened by the role color plays in energizing these elements. This trend continued for a number a years and could also be found in his cardboard relief prints.
“Moy is a master printmaker,” says Domenic Iacono, curator of the exhibition and Director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries. “Throughout his career, Moy imbued his prints with the same energy and liberating attitude that he appreciated at Hayter’s Atelier and during his study with Cameron Booth and Hans Hoffman. In the nearly two hundred prints that Moy created his success is grounded in a solid foundation of rigorous training and a keen sense of design.”
Born in Canton, China, Moy emigrated to the United States in 1931. In the early 1950s he began a teaching career that included time at Pratt, Columbia, Cooper Union and several other schools, as well as his own school, the Seong Moy School of Painting and Graphic Arts in Provincetown, MA. He won numerous awards over his long career as an artist and his work is represented in some of the most important museum collections in the United States.