In her expressionist paintings, works on paper, and sculptures Indonesian contemporary artist Christine Ay Tjoe explores the human condition and its desires as well as the interconnectivity of humanity and nature.Read More
Christine Ay Tjoe studied painting at the Bandung Institute of Technology, graduating in 1997. She began her career as a graphic artist, working with intaglio dry point prints and drawing inspiration from the plant life in her surroundings.
Whether working on canvas or paper, drawing is integral to Christine Ay Tjoe's practice. In her 2018 interview with Studio International, the artist said that she 'will always treat every medium as paper and pencil.'
The influence of drawing is indeed evident in Ay Tjoe's paintings, which combines expressive lines of her prints and drawings with swathes of colour and watery glazes in paint.
Ay Tjoe primarily works with earthy tones and deep reds, alluding to emotions through colour. In the oil painting Greed and Greed 1 (2016), for example, dark washes of black are tinged with green, forming the body of what could be a dragon or a hound-like monster. The creature appears to be devouring everything around it, depicted in shots of red and pieces of pale grey around it.
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.
In Spinning in the Desert, her solo exhibition at White Cube Hong Kong in 2021, Ay Tjoe focused on blue as the colour of hope in the paintings titled Blue Cryptobiosis (2020–2021) that are 'both raw and refined, gritty and fragile' as Aaina Bhargava wrote in an article for Ocula Magazine.
Christine Ay Tjoe has exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions including Spinning in the Desert, White Cube Hong Kong (2021); Spirituality and Allegory, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2018); Perfect Imperfection, SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul (2015); Myriad of 'paste', Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo (2013); The Path Less Found, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei (2012); Lama Sabakhtani club, Lawanwangi, Bandung (2010).
Selected group exhibitions include We Do Not Dream Alone, Asia Society Triennial, New York (2020); Memory Palace, White Cube, London (2018); Prudential Eye Award, ArtScience Museum, Singapore (2015); Future Pass, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung (2012); Indonesian Eye: Fantasies and Realities, Saatchi Gallery, London (2011); Closing The Gap: Indonesian Art Today, Melbourne International Fine Art (2011); Indonesia Contemporary Drawing, National Gallery, Jakarta (2009).
Ocula | 2021
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.
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), hou
Christine Ay Tjoe's abstract paintings allow for a larger and wider reference that may belong to each person experiencing the work.
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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...
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.
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...
White Cube Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Christine Ay Tjoe. Produced during the past year, this new series of large-scale paintings are a response to the changes imposed on our lives during the pandemic, and the potential for inward reflection this has offered.