Gordon Cheung is a London based artist of Hong Kong origin that has consistently maintained his position as a painter who, through his work, comments on the state of the global economy and contemporary culture by distilling the sense of anxiety and chaos in his pictures – sprayed lurid colour combinations appear like rainbows over collaged Financial Times snippets which are then in turn further overlayed with thick textural paint marks and imagery that references all kinds of sources, from the art historical to the pop. Most recently he has taken to painting Flower arrangements influenced by those painted in the Netherlands in the 17th Century. The end result is unsettling yet exciting, with hints of both a fantasy land and an apocalyptic landscape in full meltdown. Gordon is represented by Alan Cristea Gallery and Edel Assanti in London, The Other Gallery in China and Unosunove Gallery in Rome.
Lisa: What has been your favourite exhibition of 2013?
Gordon: I went to the Venice Biennale and thought the international pavilions were particularly strong.
Lisa: What highlights have you experienced in your own art studio in 2013?
Gordon: I’ve developed and expanded a lot of paint techniques this year with collaging impasto paint using icing piping bags, silicone guns, spray gun and other unorthodox effects. It’s opened up my visual language to exploring compelling ideas with excitement. It’s also been a year where I have unexpectedly focussed on the Still Life genre of the Dutch Golden Age made during the first financial bubble in history.
Lisa: What art related new year’s resolutions will you make?
Gordon: Always delve deeper with your heart and soul to make art.
Lisa: What valuable lesson did you learn about making art in 2013?
Gordon: Making art is an endless lesson.
Lisa: What art materials are on your Christmas wish list?
Gordon: Buckets of paint, a new large format printer, a bigger laser cutter, 3d scanner and 3d printer. Other than the paint I think the others will remain on my wish list for quite some time!
You can view more of Gordon Cheung’s work at his Facebook page here: