Irene Chou 周綠雲

(Chinese, 1924-2011)

Ink, color and acrylic on paper

Overall: 60 x 96 cm (23 5/8 x 37 13/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Whitehill Art Purchase Endowment Fund 2013.32



Australian-Chinese and Hong Kong artist Irene Chou engaged with traditional Chinese philosophy, the abstract and expressionist elements of Chinese ink painting, and Western modernism to seek an individual expression in art. By freely splattering ink and duplicating the ink blobs to form chance images, Chou makes an allusion to a natural world of reflected light and images. Reflection is symbolic of the artist’s search for knowledge of dao and a state of “pure heart” through inner reflection. It is her imagination of Daoist freedom and mystery that connects her subjective world with the powerful life forces of the universe.

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