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Theresa Chong

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Statement/Biography

Theresa Chong’s delicate works on rice paper consist of meandering lines punctuated by minute painted elements that convey a sense of rhythm, meter and lyric beauty. References to opera, architecture, calligraphy, and literature abound in her work, but at its core, it remains fundamentally abstract. The work of the abstract expressionists - their energy and spontaneity, as in the work of de Kooning and Pollock - and pop artists - particularly the clarity of line in the work of Lichtenstein - act as powerful influences as well.


Theresa Chong was born in Seoul, Korea in 1965 and immigrated with her family to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1974. She attended Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio (1984-85), the Boston University School of Fine Arts (B.F.A., 1989), and the School of Visual Arts, New York (M.F.A., 1991). Chong participated in the faculty residency program at the Anderson Ranch in Colorado in 2003 and 2005. She was awarded a grant from the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, and received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts). Numerous articles have been written about her work in publications such as; The Boston Globe, Art in America, The New Yorker, Art Asia Pacific, Style Weekly, The New York Times, Artnet Magazine, LA Weekly, and Flash Art. She lives and works in New York City.