Karen Choy

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Karen Choy

Belly Up 12×20×15cm ceramic

While travelling through Europe after having completed a degree in business studies, Karen realised she needed to study art. She then completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics at the National Art School, Sydney in 2005 and was invited to exhibit with the Robin Gibson Gallery where she continues to exhibit regularly. A number of these exhibitions were in conjunction with the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival

Animals have surrounded me from an early age as I was raised in a family which constantly had pets as companions. I hand sculpt animals in a wide range of motions capturing the emotions and gestures they display as if they were humans

I am deeply influenced by the 6th century Chinese Tang dynasty using the bright, vibrant colours of the funeray tomb animal lead glazes and reinterpreting Western cultural animal fables

The lead glazes bring life to the animal sculptures I create, with bright happy, shiny colours which pool and merge, enhanced by flower and animal motifs. My works are drawn from my Chinese Australian heritage and I aim to bring enjoyment and beauty to the viewer

Karen Choy CV

1981 Born Sydney. Lives & works in Sydney
2001 Bachelor of Business (Marketing), University of Technology, Sydney
2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics) National Art School, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Ark An Associated Event of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival, Robin Gibson Gallery
2014 Horse Play Robin Gibson Gallery
2011 Year of the Rabbit Umbrella Event of the City of Sydney’s CHinese New Year Festival, Robin Gibson Gallery
2010 Year of the Tiger Umbrella Event of the City of Sydney’s CHinese New Year Festival, Robin Gibson Gallery
2009 Year of the Ox Umbrella Event of the City of Sydney’s CHinese New Year Festival, Robin Gibson Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Turn Turn Turn: The Studio Ceramics Tradition at the National Art School Curated by Glenn Barkley, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2015 Well Red Robin Gibson Gallery
2014 Small Gems Robin Gibson Gallery
2013 Wontons & Meat Pies Robin Gibson Gallery
2008 The Young Ones Robin Gibson Gallery
2007 Year of the Pig An umbrella event of the 2007 City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, Robin Gibson Gallery
2006 Year of the Dog An umbrella event of the 2006 City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, Robin Gibson Gallery
2006 The National Art School Sydney Graduate Student Award Exhibition Mura Clay Gallery

Awards

2005 National Art School: Australian Ceramics Directory Award For outstanding performance in Ceramics
2005 National Art School: Mura Clay Gallery Award For outstanding Performance in Ceramics


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