Canal Cheong-Jagerroos’ paintings combine the best of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives to present paintings rich in surface, sensitivity and sensibility. Some of her paintings are created on rolls of rice paper and some hang from the wall in a scroll motif, extending down to and across the floor in a continuing flow of tactile viscerility. References to Eastern calligraphy combine symbology, characters and scroll format with Western influences of the freedoms inherent in abstract expressionism to envelop the viewer in an ocean of texture, shape, movement and tactile presence.
Canal Cheong-Jagerroos (b.1968) is a Chinese contemporary visual artist who grew up in an artistic family in Macau. She currently lives and works between Helsinki, Nice and Berlin.
Canal Cheong-Jagerroos has since lived and worked for 25 years in numerous countries from Asia to Europe and Africa before settling with her family in Finland. The unique experience of having lived in such culturally diverse cities and countries, namely; Hong Kong, Shanghai, France, Switzerland, Italy, Africa and Finland has influenced her work greatly. Therefore, whether as consciously or subconsciously, these exceptional cultural experiences have shaped Canal’s later works. Canal has discovered that walking the line between the east and west, facing different cultures, can be both constructive and destructive, but always inspirational.
In 1992, Canal began working in Chinese freehand style brush-strokes inspired by Chinese ancient abstract great master Bada Shenren’s (1626—1705) and influenced by her mentor Laozi (530 BC), a contemporary of Confucius during the 5th century BCE. This has motivated her shift of focus to ancient Chinese symbols and combining them with modern daily elements to extract the utopianism world. In the process of this exploration——through tearing, destroying, separating or even inadvertently trampling on the rice paper on which the artist has already painted, she was then overlapping layers and layers of the paintings with Xuan paper on the canvas. The whole creation process is fully involved with construction, deconstruction, and reconstruct. By using multiple layers of rice paper, acrylic, ink, traditional Chinese pigments and ready made objects which are incorporated together, the artist makes it possible to derive a sense of depth on canvas.; again, by blending ancient Chinese motifs and modern elements, she integrates the past with the present through symbolic creations that depict the peace and harmony of a Utopian world.
Canal Cheong-Jagerroos has won international recognition and acclaim for her unique works of fusing ancient Chinese motifs and contemporary elements. She has enjoyed considerable success over the last 20 years with over 50 worldwide solo and selected exhibitions to her credit. Her artworks have been represented in numerous prestige galleries in Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Macau, Hong Kong, Africa and she was included in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. The majority of Canal’s works are in public and private collections worldwide.
Canal Cheong-Jagerroos is the co-founder of the ongoing ‘Blue and Red Art project,’ which will be holding exhibitions in numerous museums in China and Finland from 2018 – 2020.
2017 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
2017 Art Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2017 Art Boca Raton, Florida, USA
2017 Artist In Residency, Beijing, China
2017 ‘Waking / 苏醒’ Solo Exhibition, Being 3 Gallery, Beijing, China
2017 Art Southampton, NY, USA
2017 Finlayson Art Centre, B&RAP, Finland
2017 Basel Art Center, B&RAP, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Xian Art Museum, Xian, B&RAP, China