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Christopher Cheung(1945-)
The Scheme
NT$ 240,000
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Christopher Cheung(1945-)

The Scheme

1997

54x65cm

Oil on linen

Signature
張漢明 CHRISTOPHER CHEUNG (signed on the reverse)
Exhibition
1998 Mixture of Reality & Enigma, Fairmate Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Publication
CHRISTOPHER CHEUNG 2013: Main Trend Gallery, 2013, p48-49
Reference Price
NT$ 240,000
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About Work

Born in Hong Kong, Christopher Cheung left for Paris in 1970 and thenceforth settled down there.

Cheung’s oeuvre reflects his great mastery of a realistic style as profound as meticulous. In the composition the vivid, clear and exquisite components beckon, inviting further exploration and interpretation of their connotations. The artist’s cogitation on history and culture, discussion about his life and everything, as well as epiphanies from quotidian existence, manifest themselves in the scenarios he elaborately choreographed.

The body of Cheung’s works can be roughly classified into the “Still-life Series” and the “Figure Painting Series.” He tends to turn elements of Chinese culture into the subject matters of his works. Items strongly emblematic of Chinese culture (e.g. Chinese chess, chinaware, Shaolin Temple 18 Bronzers, and tortoiseshell) have come up frequently in his painting compositions. This approach might be resulted from his personal remembrances of his native culture after living abroad for years, or his attempt to mirror his real-life stories.

Granting his paintings the luxury of verisimilitude, Cheung further gives them an aura of succinctness. Emotionally charged notwithstanding, the figures and objects in his oeuvre are presented in a way as if they stand aloof from the mundane world. Such a succinct expression registers not so much the artist’s clear thoughts as his complete perplexity and estrangement, with which he lodges reflexive questions to his life and inner-self.

Also a piece of Cheung’s “Still-life Series,” [The Scheme] is characterized by the crumpled paper chessboard in blue color with golden lines at the center of its composition, which visually echoes the title of this work. If a blueprint is little more than a sketch, can we reasonably infer that the blue paper chessboard is tantamount to the scheme of one’s life? However, this blueprint shows no chess piece but the blue paper chessboard. If life is like playing chess, what we can learn from this painting is seemingly nothing more than this analogy. The keys and the mask-shaped key ring in the lower part of the composition implicitly suggest that this chessboard is perhaps the scheme of the artist per se.

About Artist

Christopher Cheung
Christopher Cheung
張漢明
1970
Resident in Paris
1967
Studied at Ling Hai Art School, Hong Kong
1945
Born in Hong Kong
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
Dress Rehearsal, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2012
Journey, Moon Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
2008
New Era Play, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore
1998
Mixture of Reality & Enigma, Fairmate Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1997
Chess Play, Trigram, Hong Kong
1994
The Transient and The Returning, Trigram, Hong Kong
1986
Christopher Cheung 1986, Galerie Caroline Corre, Paris, France
1984
Christopher Cheung 1984, Galerie Gering-Kulenkampff, Frankfort, Germany
1983
Christopher Cheung 1983, Galerie Caroline Corre, Paris, France

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