Erik Cheung was born in Hong Kong and is now residing in Edmonton. He spent his university days in Victoria, BC, where he studied under Canadian artists Pat Martin Bates, Ethel Christensen, Don Harvey and Greg Pyra.
Having been an art teacher for many years, he now focuses in his art endeavor. His style of 'constructive abstraction' took him 30 years to develop. He places emphasis in the studies of visual elements than merely creating impressions of images. This study is based on elevating the negative spaces, balancing accidental shapes created by meeting of both intentional and unintentional lines. His presentations leap from phases to phases because he follows ideas and ideas are everywhere.
In essence, he concentrates in the seek to balance aesthetic elements; art, to him, means hard analytical work that should not happen in seconds. There is a problem in every piece that requires effort to solve. His presentation spans from life size graphite drawings to medium size ink drawing, from mixed media on canvases to painting on glass/acrylic.
My art is about this human act we practise everyday in our lives - making decisions. It is about the creating, the adapting and the improvisation to unfold the images. Each decision is made based on the previous choice(s) and each mark we make, directly and indirectly, affects the next move. On the grand scheme in art, there is no 'correct' move, only preferences, which, in turn, brand the character and style on the art pieces. However, because a mark that is aesthetically placed would result in the flourishing of the ones that follow, in a way, there is such a thing called 'correctness' afterall; it is called mastery.
'Constructive Abstraction' is a study of how to balance between the subconscious and the conscious drive; One drive retreats when the other proceeds, one weakens as the other one strengthens. The end product is a residue of the play between the two, showing the dialogue of the subconsccious suggesting an idea and the conscious finishing the sentences. Splashing paint and making intuitive marks on canvases symbolize the teenage years of abstraction; I believe in a mature level in the evolution as we put the act of art (planning, scheming and rationalizing) into the production process of abstraction. The shapes and colours are functional parts in the composition, not merely created to please.
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