Anne Chu

Biography

Anne Chu (1959-2016) was born in New York City. She studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and received an MFA from Columbia University.

Chu’s work blends elements of Eastern and Western influence, creating a strong dichotomy between that which is modern and ancient, abstract and figurative, unknown and fantastical. Her art serves as a liaison to alternate realms of artistic thought and expression, particularly through the many techniques she employs to seamlessly unite form, content, and color in a seemingly effortless, cohesive manner. Although she is primarily a sculptor, creating monumental works from wood, ceramic and papier mâché, Chu has also made formidable attempts at watercolors and, in particular, monotypes. In these media she has chosen the themes of landscapes, castles, and knights, creating large and unique works that at first glance seem abstract but thematically contain figurative elements which form a connective thread through her work. The handmade Japanese Kozo papers and the organic earthy tones of the inks enhance the fluidity and gracefulness of the prints.

Ms. Chu was the recipient of the 2001 Penny McCall award and has been awarded grants from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her work has been widely exhibited, including the Dallas Art Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The artist currently lives and works in New York City.