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Gordon Cheung

Born in London of Chinese parents, Cheung’s multi-media art captures the hallucinations between the virtual and actual realities of a globalised world oscillating between utopia and dystopia. Spray paint, acrylic, pastels, stock listings and ink collide in his works to form epic techno-sublime vistas. Cheung has exhibited internationally since graduating from the RCA in 2001. 

Unnamed Tulip 20 (Tulipbook)
2015, archival inkjet, acrylic paint on Financial Times collage

Crucially for the Turkish Tulips show 
at Bowes, in 2015 he showed work in a solo show in London, at Alan Cristea, called Breaking Tulips which explored this very flower. For the Bowes the artist has digitally corrupted or ‘pixelsorted’ two flower paintings from the Bowes collection, Flower Piece (after Gerrit van Bloclant c.1578–1650) and Flower Piece (after Moise Jacobber, 1828). He has also contributed to the portfolio a pixelsorted image of a Dutch flower painting with tulips. These explore the corrupting influence of technological digital world on our past. Finally he has loaned another of his tulip works painted in impasto acrylics onto printed pages of stocks and share price listings from The Financial Times.

Flowers in a Glass Vase
(after Rachel Ruysch)
2017, archival inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm, 30 x 40cm