Christine Ay Tjoe

Indonesian, b. 1973

544 followers

Christine Ay Tjoe

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Indonesian, b. 1973

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544
Biography

Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe addresses themes of philosophy and spirituality in her work, focusing on the human condition, as filtered through her own subjective experience. Although visually seductive, her expressive work deals with abject subject matter, attempting to connect with our most powerful emotions and deep psychological fears.

Born in 1973 in Bandung, Indonesia where she continues to live and work, Ay Tjoe began her career making graphic works, specifically intaglio dry point prints and then textiles. Her diverse oeuvre now encompasses painting, drawing, animation and sculpture as well as large-scale installations. ‘My interest point is human beings,’ she has said. ‘In my works, I talk more about what will happen in terms of human trends, local or global; what I see as possibilities in my mind, personal ideas.’

In her dramatic, layered, abstract paintings, she investigates universal drives and conditions that we experience as human beings, such as greed, desire and power – motivators often heightened by the effects of a global society. While the starting point for a painting can be spontaneous, located in a single line or smudge of oil stick for example, their inspiration can reside in sources as diverse as the spirituality of the Dalai Lama and the unconventional life and work of German graphic artist Horst Janssen. Produced during a period of intense concentration, almost akin to a transcendental state, Ay Tjoe’s paintings include tentative suggestions of figurative or animal forms within intense passages of abstraction, often with large areas of the canvas left blank. Their colourful and vibrant surfaces reveal darker elements beneath, playing on notions of the visible and invisible as well as on the outer and inner facets of human existence, what the artist describes as ‘layers which are seen and unseen’.

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Biography

Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe addresses themes of philosophy and spirituality in her work, focusing on the human condition, as filtered through her own subjective experience. Although visually seductive, her expressive work deals with abject subject matter, attempting to connect with our most powerful emotions and deep psychological fears.

Born in 1973 in Bandung, Indonesia where she continues to live and work, Ay Tjoe began her career making graphic works, specifically intaglio dry point prints and then textiles. Her diverse oeuvre now encompasses painting, drawing, animation and sculpture as well as large-scale installations. ‘My interest point is human beings,’ she has said. ‘In my works, I talk more about what will happen in terms of human trends, local or global; what I see as possibilities in my mind, personal ideas.’

In her dramatic, layered, abstract paintings, she investigates universal drives and conditions that we experience as human beings, such as greed, desire and power – motivators often heightened by the effects of a global society. While the starting point for a painting can be spontaneous, located in a single line or smudge of oil stick for example, their inspiration can reside in sources as diverse as the spirituality of the Dalai Lama and the unconventional life and work of German graphic artist Horst Janssen. Produced during a period of intense concentration, almost akin to a transcendental state, Ay Tjoe’s paintings include tentative suggestions of figurative or animal forms within intense passages of abstraction, often with large areas of the canvas left blank. Their colourful and vibrant surfaces reveal darker elements beneath, playing on notions of the visible and invisible as well as on the outer and inner facets of human existence, what the artist describes as ‘layers which are seen and unseen’.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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