Canal grew up in Macau, China, in a family steeped in traditional Chinese art.
In 1992, Canal began working in Chinese freehand style brush-strokes on her pattern paintings, inspired by the works of Chinese ancient abstract great master Bada Shenren’s (1626—1705) and with the influence of her mentor Laozi (530 BC), a contemporary of Confucius during the 5th century BCE. All of this influenced Canal’s focus shift to Chinese ancient symbols combined with modern daily elements to extract a dreamlike world. Along the creative path, she has tried numerous creative approaches, both fleetingly and for longer periods, in her exploration of the nature of the material and immaterial realm.
She is often confronted and challenged by positive and negative elements, their resolutions being ultimately manifested in the interplay of novel harmonious expressions. In the process of this exploration, the idea of utopianism started to emerge as she was overlapping layers and layers of her paintings with Xuan paper on the canvas to depict different dimensions overlapping one another. She was fascinated by the different layers of Xuan paper and how the paper texture can create dots and lines and harmonize all elements. She has found that persistence and dedication are the basic elements in art. She has also learned that it is essential to be true to oneself, to keep the heart open, and to never give in.
ABOUT CANAL CHEONG-JAGERROOS
Canal Cheong-Jagerroos (b. 1968) is a Chinese visual artist lives and works in Finland, has won international recognition and acclaim for her unique works of fusing ancient Chinese motifs and contemporary elements.
Canal Cheong Jagerroos grew up in an artistic family in Macau, she has enjoyed considerable success over the last 20 years, with over 50 worldwide solo and selected exhibitions to her credit.
Her artworks have been represented in numerous prestigious galleries in Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Macau, Hong Kong, Africa and USA including to the 55th Venice Biennale, the Museum of America Miami, Eduard Vilde Museum, Miami Asia Art Fair, London AA Art Fair, Art Palm Beach, Art Boca Raton and Scope Basel.
There are numerous important articles about canal Cheong-Jagerroos, including: ‘Maleri i kinesisk and a’ written by Marica Gripenberg on Helsinki HBL 2010, ‘Canal Cheong-Jagerroos at the Encyclopaedic
Palace of the World ‘ written by Gabriel U on Macao Chinese Daily 2014 and on Macau Time Newspaper.