Gordon Cheung (born 1975) is a contemporary artist whose work captures the mood of the global collapse of civilization where moral, economic, and environmental crises have spun out of control.
Spiritual undertones are balanced alongside familiar contemporary images including sources from popular media, cyberspace, nature, graffiti, kitsch, and historical painting.
Cheung has recently used video animation and sculpture in his work, but focuses mainly on painting. He chooses bold colours and often paints on dense collages made from London’s pink financial times listings with ink, oil, acrylic gel and spray paint.
During an interview he has said of his work: “They’re meant to be artificially luminous, a metaphor perhaps for the loss of that utopian vision of the future after the millennium bug threat, the dot com crash, the collapse of Enron, the war on terror- and all before the current recession. Yet it’s also meant to suggest a glimmer of hope.”
Cheung received an MFA from the Royal College of Art in 2001, and currently lives and works in London.
He exhibits internationally and was in the largest and most ambitious survey of recent developments in art from the UK; The British Art Show 6 and The John Moores Painting 24. He was commissioned for a Laing Art Solo Award (Selected by Susan May) July 2007.
Gordon’s works can be found in major collections both in Europe and America including the Hirshhorn Museum, Whitworth Museum, ASU Art Museum, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Knoxville Art Museum, Hiscox Collection, Progressive Arts Collection, UBS Collection and the Gottesman Collection, Elspeth &Imogen Turner Collection (UK) and Stephane Janssen Collection (USA), works from both collections are loaned to major museums on a regular basis.