My art practice is an exploration of the abstraction. Using painting and drawing as my artistic disciplines, I enjoy creating different spaces that initially seem abstract, but on further observation have a deeper sense and plot to the image. The paintings and drawings express sounds, the experimental, and the transition of forms. My paintings embrace colour theories which allow colour to stand alone as a subject itself. Whereas, my drawings have progressed into articulate grayscale compositions.
At times, I enjoy using repetition as a method base. Repetition in a very loose sense where the images are slightly varied as a result of manual copying- the loss of the original shape. The image starts to have a “population” of shapes and objects that are similar, embellishing the overall image. The theme of repetition intrigued me as it offered an element of play and a chance to revisit forms inside of a drawing. To keep the drawing fresh, I never erase or edit. In other cases, the method is very free in nature using non-figurative images and without planned elements. In this way I create intuitively without a rough, or planned page to capture the energy of the initial.
Over the past while, I have been attempting to bring the border between painting and drawing closer; using the strengths of singular drawing elements in a painting and focusing on its overall space and composition.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Toronto (1978), Chrissy Cheung started drawing at the age of seven. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) in 2000.
Cheung lived and worked in Calgary, Alberta from 2000-2005. Here she gained a multitude of skills in the trade from being an exhibit assistant to scenic painting for Broadway Theatre sets. Cheung exhibited her paintings in local venues throughout Alberta while being actively involved in the local arts community. In the Spring of 2005, a 5-week residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts culminated in a solo exhibition at the Other Gallery (Banff Centre) featuring the series Improv Paintings.
Re-established in Montreal over the last 10 years, Chrissy Cheung continues to experiment and explore improvisational techniques within the genre of abstract contemporary painting.
2005 Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB
Self- Directed Residency in Painting
1996-2000 Concordia University, Montreal, QC
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction (BFA)
Design Art Major
1999 Studio Ruiz, Milan, Italy
Internship in Industrial Design
2009 Canada Council for the Arts- Visual Arts Project Grant
PUBLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS
2008 Adams-Bacon, Sarah. “Calgary: Contemporary Czech Artists at Triangle Gallery, Lynda Gammon at Stride Gallery, Chrissy Cheung at Artfirm” Akimbo, June 2008 http://www.akimbo.biz/akimblog/?id=203
“Eye on Alberta”, (image: List D), Alberta Views, June 2008, p20.
05/2008- Interview on the City Show, CityTv Calgary
Place Magazine: Art Review, (image: Constructs) published in Montreal
"What is Drawing For?" Tracey Contemporary Drawing Research October 2007 http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ac/tracey/widf/cheung.html
terminus1525.ca (a pilot project of the Department of Canadian Heritage in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts), 2005, Vol. 1, “Chrissy Kwok-Ying Cheung”, p.29.