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b. 1973, Indonesia

Christine Ay Tjoe Biography

Christine Ay Tjoe, was born in Bandung, West-Java, Indonesia, and is one of Indonesia’s most celebrated contemporary female artists. She graduated from studies in Printmaking and Graphic Art at the Bandung Institute of Technology in 1997. Beginning her career as a graphic artist and exploring drypoint technique, Ay Tjoe then moved to working with textiles. Her practice encompasses myriad art forms, from painting on canvas and works on paper to sculpture and large scale installation.

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Ay Tjoe’s experimentation with drypoint has heavily influenced her practice for she continues to use line to structure her works. Her palette is characterised by earthy tones and deep reds; strong, charged colours that allude to powerful emotions. In her delicate works, Ay Tjoe aims to create various sensory experiences depending on how the viewer chooses to interpret the colour, form, and movement. She embraces the emergence of characters or creatures that form spontaneously in her paintings, using them as representatives for forces of authority and higher beings. Her works are a reflection of her inner thoughts and happenings in her personal life.

Christine Ay Tjoe lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia. 

Frances Hodgson | Ocula | 2016

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Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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Art Jakarta: World spirit, Independence Day and Asian Games Ocula Report Art Jakarta: World spirit, Independence Day and Asian Games By Hera Chan, Jakarta

A four-legged beast with an ornate mirror for a face and the hybridized horns of a Bawean deer stands in the centre of Chan + Hori Contemporary's booth at the tenth Art Jakarta (2–5 August 2018), housed in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton. This contemporary mythical beast is Lugas Syllabus's Wild Legend (2018): a strong teak wood testament...

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Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube Bermondsey, London Ocula Insight Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube Bermondsey, London By Ocula Editors

Earlier this year artist Christine Ay Tjoe was the subject of a solo exhibition at White Cube in Bermondsey in London (13 July – 11 September 2016). Recognised in South East Asia as a leading female artist of her generation, it marked the first time the prominent international gallery has shown an Indonesian artist. The exhibition...

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The most searched artists on Ocula now Ocula Photolog The most searched artists on Ocula now

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Christine Ay Tjoe In Related Press

Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube, Bermondsey Related Press Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube, Bermondsey 8 August 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

Christine Ay Tjoe’s current show of new paintings at White Cube’s Bermondsey space in London marks a period of transition for the artist both in her career and in the stylistic changes of her paintings. Each work on display shares a strong direction of movement; in the case of the larger diptych, Greed and Greed 2 (all works 2016), a...

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'Christine Ay Tjoe: Inside the White Cube' Related Press 'Christine Ay Tjoe: Inside the White Cube' 25 July 2016, Elephant

This week White Cube has opened three shows in London which focus on practicing artists from Asia. As part of their ongoing Inside the White Cube series, the gallery have invited Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe to their Bermondsey space. I spoke to the artist earlier this week as the show opened, her first UK solo exhibition.

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Our pick of this week’s art events: 8 – 14 July Related Press Our pick of this week’s art events: 8 – 14 July 8 July 2016, RA Magazine

Christine Ay Tjoe White Cube Bermondsey, London, 13 July–11 September There’s something wonderfully organic about Ay Tjoe’s vast canvases. The paint is applied thinly, as though it were seeping through the canvas rather than having been applied to the surface. The Indonesian painter’s first UK show features twelve...

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