Sugwon Kang

I am by formal training a political scientist, a professor emeritus at Hartwick College in Oneonta. As an artist I am entirely self-taught. But my on-again off-again artistic career began rather early; indeed, I began drawing pictures before I learned to read and write. As a college sophomore I started to sell portraits from life to supplement my student allowance.

Painting came much later. When it did, at the end of the 1970s, I tended to treat it as more of the same; only this time I was drawing in color! I am a “representational” painter; as such, competent draftsmanship is treated as paramount. That, in part, explains why portraiture is treated as the core of my own creative challenge.

I have had numerous solo shows in and around Oneonta over the years, including one at the old Rexmere Gallery in Stamford and one at the Milne Library, the State University. More recently I have exhibited in three-person shows at Oneonta’s CANO gallery, in 2012 and 2014. In Cooperstown I had a portrait included in the juried “Regional” show in 2012. In 2013 I won an “honorable mention” in the annual “members only” competition of the Portrait Society of America. I am an artist-member of the Smithy Gallery of Cooperstown. During the 2012-13 year I taught a “Techniques of Drawing” class at the newly-refurbished Carriage House Art Studio in Oneonta.

I do portraits on commission, both in drawing and painting, from life and from photographs.