Christine Ay Tjoe
OTA Fine Arts, Singapore/Tokyo
Langgeng Gallery, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Christine Ay Tjoe is hailed as Indonesia’s most prominent contemporary female artist. Her confrontation of the human psyche through oil and acrylic paintings, installations, soft sculpture, and kinetic art solidifies her status as a unique fixture in the Southeast Asian art scene. Initially she worked in the graphic arts, experimenting with intaglio and dry-point before transitioning into painting. Her work reveals the raw complexities of human emotion, where inner thoughts mutate into sensory experiences by way of abstraction. Human figures rendered in sharp, spindly line emerge thick swatches of color reminiscent of Philip Guston later works. Ay Tjoe’s feelings of anxiety in Indonesian society are counteracted by happier experiences rendered in technicolor. Her fragmented line is electric, digging deeper into the lush spiritual terrain of human existence.
Ay Tjoe has exhibited around the world and regularly in Southeast Asia. She has appeared at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, National Gallery of Indonesia and the Goethe Institut in Jakarta, Art Hong Kong, Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, New York, the Shanghai Museum, China National Museum of Fine Art in Beijing, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Art Singapore, Saatchi Gallery in London, and the Beijing Biennale. In 2015 she was awarded the Prudential Eye Award for Best Emerging Artist using Painting, and won the Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award in 2011.