Adele Chong

My painting practice was prompted by my ongoing interest in print culture, particularly revolving around the visual language of comic books and architectural illustrations. The concept of architecture is prevalent in the paintings in more illustrative forms, functioning much like blueprints for artificial worlds. 

An apparent process dictates the painted surface, revealing layers that indicate a pointedly ceremonial way of art-making. Various mediums and acrylic gels are mixed with paint and haphazardly spilled onto the prepared surface. Dark outlines encapsulate the spillage and the process is repeated over and over again in a tug-of-war struggle balancing control and accident. The stylized forms and colors associated with the design and comic medium both merge and deny that of painting, simultaneously bringing two forces together to formulate one tumultuous landscape. 

The medium of drawing factors greatly in my attempt to possess spaces, mainly because it is the fastest, most spontaneous response I can muster. It requires little contemplation and for me, it is the compromise between monotonous activity and autonomy. 

There are repeated motifs in my mark-making. These gestures reflect my interest in symbiotic environments, often hinting at encapsulated organisms each participating discreetly in ritualized processes and perpetually functioning as catalysts. I believe that in the construction and arrangements of marks, I am changing spatial perceptions and influencing the 'landscape' or working area. I feel that my work is architecture, if in a more virtual rather than physical sense.


Artist Statement

1978 Sarawak, Malaysia


2004 Master of Fine arts,
                Major in Painting  and Drawing
     Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts
     University of Victoria, Victoria, BC


2003-2004 Instructor, Painting 200- Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2004 Storyboard Artist- Music video Semi-Sweet for artist Lederhosen Lucil
2003 Participant - Toronto Outdoor Art Show, Toronto, ON
2003 Contributing Correspondent- Parachute Arts and Culture Magazine
2002 Teaching Assistant, Video 300-Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2002-2003 Teaching Assistant, Painting 499-Concordia University , Montréal, QC
2001-2002 Teaching Assistant, Painting 200-Concordia University , Montréal, QC
2001-2002 Gallery Coordinator, MFA Thesis Gallery-Concordia University, Montréal, QC


2004 YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto, ON
2000 The Khyber Gallery, Halifax, NS
2000 Rogue Art Gallery, Victoria, BC


2002 Videographe Independent Video   Distribution, Montréal, QC


2004           ‘Going out with a bang’-  Review of The Scenic Route, Luft Gallery, The National Post
2004 Interview for CTV- New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, NB
2004 Round Table Public Discussion with the Artists of Ignition-
Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montréal, QC
2001 MFA Conference- University of Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC


2004 Eastern Canada Semi-Finalist
6th Annual Royal Bank Investments Canadian Painting Competition
2003 Honorable Mention - D.L. Stevenson Prize
Toronto Outdoor Art Show
2001 BC Arts Council Senior Scholarship


2005 TBA- Optica Gallery, Montréal, QC
2004 The Scenic Route- LUFT Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 Mirabilia, Thesis Exhibition- Bourget Gallery, Concordia University, Mtl, QC
2003 Choke-Hold- Bourget Gallery, Concordia University, Mtl, QC
2002 Big Reaction, Window Installation-Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston, ON
2001 Kum Ango- The Khyber Ballroom Gallery, Halifax, NS
2000 Attention!- Rogue Art Gallery, Victoria, BC


2004 RBC Investments Painting Competition Travelling Show-
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON
New Brunswick Museum , Saint John, NB
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON
2004 Berlin Constructions: Emergent Practices Today-
Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Curated by Rhonda Corvese
2004 1st Annual Toronto Alternative Art Fair International-
Toronto, ON, courtesy of LUFT Gallery
2004 Ignition- Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University, Mtl, QC
Curated by Michelle Theriault
2001 MFA Conference- University of Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC
2000 Adele Chong and Marcella Moser: New Work-
University of Victoria Visual Arts Gallery, Victoria, BC
2000 University of Victoria Graduating Exhibition-
University of Victoria Visual Arts Gallery, Victoria, BC