In her garden series, Susanna Chen Chow explores emotive experiences of gardens encountered throughout her life. She uses her memory and imagination to paint the observed and interiorised environments, translating them into shapes, lines and colours that evoke the mood and the feeling of a place rather then accurately represent concrete visual features. Her style varies from purely abstract to abstract figurative, and her confident lines and bold painterly marks demonstrate her mastery of colour and of drawing.
Chen Chow is a Sydney-based painter-traveller whose art practice spans 2 decades and is built on the merging of her inner psychological landscape with the natural and urban landscapes of Australia. She finds her inspiration in frequent trips to Arkaroola in the Flinders Ranges and to the South and West MacDonnell Ranges, as well as in walks through Sydney bush and parkland areas. In her monochrome ink and charcoal drawings, she often revisits her memories of Sydney Harbour’s industrial past. Chen Chow has been a recipient of a significant number of art prizes, the most recent being the Art of Sydney Award in 2018, Thora Ungar Memorial Award in 2016 (by The Royal Art Society of NSW) and the Ewart Art Prize in 2016. She has also been highly commended by the Korea-Australia Arts Foundation (KAAF) in 2016 for her drawing Working Harbour.
All works in the show are for sale and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the CanRevive Cancer Foundation.
Drinks with the artist: 15 September, 1pm to 4pm.