ARTIST STATEMENT

Chrissy Cheung’s images compel the viewer to follow the lines and modes of connection through which she brings her work to vibrant life.

Though abstract in form, her paintings and drawings employ figurative material in complex, nuanced, and detailed ways. Though the complementary logics of collage, juxtaposition, and transformation, for example, such matierial- from the worlds of the reai, the imaginery, the subconscious, and more- vecomes powerfully allusive.

Vitally, Cheung's work represents and embodies motion, both her own movement in the rendering and, subsequenetly and enticingly, that of the engaged viewer's eyes. In this way, she captures the essence of temporal, physical artistic forms of dance and music, which are significant sources of inspiraition.

BIO

Chrissy K. Cheung grew up in the Toronto area and showed a serious interest in art from the age of seven. She moved to Montréal in 1996 to study at Concordia University, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000. In May 1999, she was chosen to do an industrial design internship in Milan, Italy, with Alejandro Ruiz. 

Upon graduation, Cheung moved to Calgary. She exhibited her paintings throughout Alberta and was actively involved in the local arts community. In early 2005, she completed an artist residency at the Banff Centre, resulting in a solo show, Improv Paintings, at the Other Gallery. Later that year, Cheung moved back to Montréal. In 2008, she was accepted into the Emerging Artists Viewing Program at the Drawing Center in New York.

Cheung has been reviewed in many publications, including Akimbo and Now Magazine, Toronto, and featured on the CityShow on CityTV, Calgary. She was selected to be part of the Salon des Arts at Montréal's Osheaga Festival in 2008. Cheung has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada and internationally, including a major 2010 painting exhibit, Structured Abstractions, at the 2 of 2 Gallery, Toronto, organized by Pari Nadimi. Her art is part of numerous private and corporate collections across Canada, the US, and Europe.

Cheung explores improvisational techniques and colour theory in the field of abstract and painting and drawing. Chrissy is the spokesman for the Canadian artist collective PAINTER8. She exhibited her "dessins contemporains" at Maison de la Culture Plateau Mont-Royal in October of 2016. From this exhibition Ville de Montréal acquired 2 of her drawings for their 2016 Collection.

LINKS

I believe that the profession of the artist is to inspire others. I would not have been able to have created my artwork without being inspired by other artists and places:

Josh Zubot
Craig Talbot
Dawna Mark
Grace Yow
Tanya Tagaq
Kai Chan

Valérie Blass

Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Paterson Ewen
Anselm Kiefer
Johannes Vermeer

PAINTER8

Agora de la Danse
Centre Pompidou
Manchu Picchu

Musée d'arts contemporain, Montréal