Artist Statement

I am drawn to the beauty of the old and familiar. From Japanese icons to nostalgic Americana, I collect items that are ephemeral and elicit feelings of wistful memory. These forgotten objects evoke an anthropomorphic sense of yearning from the past and elicit feelings of satisfaction one experiences when those moments are relived. I obsess over these tchotchkes, scouring through garage sales and antique shops in small towns and hunting down flea markets around the world. My collection consists of toys I've played with as a child, objects that I have encountered repeatedly from before my time, and sometimes things I've discovered for the very first time, consuming my mind for intangible reasons that become clear only when put to canvas.


Samuel Hung (born in Taiwan, 1981) is a New York based artist currently living in Brooklyn. He earned his BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) and furthered his painting studies at the Grand Central Atelier (New York, NY) focusing on techniques from the 19th century French Academy. His paintings can be found in collections in the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.


Samuel Hung is an instructor at Grand Central Atelier’s core program. He teaches cast drawing, cast painting, still life painting as well as workshops. For more information on his teaching, please continue to the links below: