ARTIST STATEMENT

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

Though abstract in form, her paintings and drawings employ figurative material in complex, nuanced, and detailed ways. Her works draw on imagery from the real, the imaginary, the subconscious, and more, and transform such material in powerfully allusive ways.

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

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Chrissy Cheung is an artist and curator based in Vancouver. She grew up in Toronto and became interested in art at age 7. She studied at Concordia University, Montréal, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000. Her work has been reviewed in Akimbo and Now Magazine, and was featured on CityTV, Calgary. She contributed to the Salon des Arts at the 2008 Osheaga Festival. Her solo exhibitions include Structured Abstractions, at the 2 of 2 Gallery, Toronto and Dessins contemporains, at Maison de la Culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal.

Cheung recently completed a mural in Vancouver’s Chinatown and her large-scale paintings have been rented by Beverly Hills Productions, Los Angeles, for background art in the Fox television show, BH90210. More recent exhibitions include at the Market Art and Design Fair in Bridgehampton, New York, and the Reveal Art Fair in Saratoga Springs, NY, through ModArt Gallery, Miami, in July 2019. Her work is part of the Ville de Montreal Collection, as well as private collections across Canada, the US, Denmark, and China. She curates the PAINTER8 Arts Society under the alias, Contact C.

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 Georges Pompidou
Manchu Picchu

Musée d’arts contemporain, Montréal


I really can’t paint without great music. Here are my music suggestions: (in no particular order)
LP
Cat Power
The National
Thee oh sees
Wolf Parade
K. Flay
St. Vincent
Laurie Anderson
Billy Bragg
Amy Winehouse
Rihanna
Led Zepplin
Of Montreal
Robert Plant + Alison Krauss
Andrea Bocellli
Beach House
Nicholas Van Orton
PPK- ressurection
Brian Eno
Arcade Fire
Ron Sexsmith