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Chee Yong
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Bio

Chee Yong grew up in Malaysia and New Zealand before moving to Tasmania when he was 28 years old, where he now lives and works as a dentist and artist.

Classically trained in traditional Chinese painting from the age of 10 years old, it wasn’t until recently with the commencement of a contemporary arts degree that Chee broke out with his distinctive miniature circular paintings mounted to highly polished panels. In a short time Chee has distinguished himself with a number of art awards and exhibitions.

Chee is heavily influenced by his Chinese heritage and has chosen to work in the shanshui tradition and pay tributes to the past Chinese painters and poets, having maintained a strong desire to reimagine the Chinese way of painting. He is also deeply influenced by classical philosophy and writings. In the past two years Chee has started to work on several series of miniature paintings, which comprise his current exhibition of work.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

As an artist I explore the interconnection of ephemeral elements of nature and landscape in the contemporary setting of arts, philosophy, memory and time.

I am fascinated with the quick calligraphic marks and its potential of crossing over of genres of painting. Over the years, I’ve started, stopped and returned to many of my painting projects but I have kept myself continuously busy with my recent series of miniature paintings.

The Arduous Road (Art, Life and Other Things) is a series of landscape abstractions based on the 15th century Li Bo’s poem, “The Arduous Road to Shu”, in which he described the dizzying cliffs, deep ravines and difficult patches of the journey from Chang’an to Sichuan. The paintings are of my personal journey as an artist, seeking to describe the challenges in my Art, Life and Other Things, gasping for breath, turning back, scrambling over difficult patches.

My Nocturne Series offers an intimate view of my personal journey as an artist looking for a voice to describe the landscape. The monochromatic painting draws historical provenance from the Chinese shanshui (mountain and water) painting.

EDUCATION

1996-2000 | Bachelor of Dental Surgery; University of Otago, New Zealand
2001-2003 | Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy); University of Otago, New Zealand
2012- 2016 | Bachelor of Contemporary Arts; University of Tasmania (current)

EXHIBITIONS

2016 | AAF Hong Kong
2014 | Longford Celebrates 200, BRAVE art Gallery, Longford, Tasmania
2014 | Across the Line, NEW Gallery, University of Tasmania
2013 | Swimmingly Good Time, The Mill Providore and Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
2013 | Tasmanian Art Award, Eskleigh Foundation, Perth, Tasmania
2012 | Dreaming of Rabbits, The Mill Providore and Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
2012 | Across the Line, NEW Gallery, University of Tasmania

AWARDS

2014 | Finalist – Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat, Victoria
2014 | Finalist – Lethbridge 10000 Small-Scale Art Award, Brisbane, Queensland
2014 | Finalist – LGH Art Prize, Launceston, Tasmania
2014 | Longford Celebrates 200, BRAVE art Gallery, Longford, Tasmania
2013 | Finalist – Chippendale New World Art Prize, Sydney, New South Wales
2013 | Finalist – The Glover Prize, Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale, Tasmania
2013 | Finalist – Lethbridge 10000 Small-Scale Art Award, Brisbane, Queensland
2013 | Finalist – Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Gallery, Burnie, Tasmania
2013 | d’Arcy Doyle Art Award, Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Mudgeeraba, Queensland
2013 | Tasmanian Art Award, Eskleigh Foundation, Perth, Tasmania

COMMISSIONS

2013 | It’s All John, Sweartheart – Simon’s Prostate Cancer Ball Auction, Launceston, Tasmania
2013 | Charile Rocks – Care for Africa Foundation Gala Auction, Launceston, Tasmania
2012 | The Gatekeeper – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Annual Gala Dinner Auction, Clarendon House, Evandale, Tasmania


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