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Hi there!

I'm Ce Chen, an artist and a PhD researcher. My artistic practice traverses a diverse spectrum of media, challenging the traditional boundaries that separate illustration from fine art.

My fascination with the Cornish landscape took root many years ago during my Bachelor's studies. I was drawn to the idea of how specific landscapes can shape identity and the symbolic potency they can possess. After completing a Master's degree in Painting, I moved to Cornwall to undertake another in Illustration, and further delve into the theoretical and methodological intricacies of a research topic I had proposed.

I am currently participating in the PhD research program at Chelsea College of Arts. My research focuses on the Cornish landscape and identity from the unique perspective of an outsider, exploring these themes through an ethnographic lens. I regard my artwork and illustrations as a synthesis of various concepts, which not only contributes to the final product, but also enriches its potential for symbolic interaction.

I approach painting as an agent of provocation. Authorial illustration has introduced a multitude of possibilities for narrative visualization. Traditional elements such as words, themes, and compositions can be harnessed in unique ways to decisively influence the outcome. In the words of Gary Powell, it's about going "back to basics." I've immersed myself in these fundamental elements to provoke or invent questions. I play with linearity, definition, materiality, and the concept of time-space. I firmly believe that art, within its specific context, systematically challenges our perceptions - even if the context is idealised or needs to be fabricated.

This is perhaps the approach I've adopted to reconcile the ongoing internal debate about my identity: am I an artist, an illustrator, or a researcher? Maybe I am all three.



2014 - 2017, University of Brighton, BA (Hons) Illustration

2019 - 2020, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, MA Fine Art Painting

2020 - 2021, Falmouth University, MA Illustration: Authorial Practice

2021 - on going, Chelsea, UAL, Research Programme PhD

 2022, Art on the Celtic Fringes 1880 - 1945, short course, University of Oxford

2022, Cambridge University Summer Programme

Professional Experience

2023 Graduate teaching scheme, Graduate Diploma at CCW

2022.7 Poly Summer Exhibition, Falmouth

2022.5 - 6, Off Grid, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance

2022.3, Meta?, joint exhibition at HOAA, Milano; xBAL Pop Up Gallery, Melbourne

2022.2, Pathway, solo exhibition at Fish Factory, Penryn

2021.11, PerSpectra, joint exhibition at Copeland Gallery, London

2021.10, Subject Matters, joint exhibition at Lewisham Art House, London

2021.8, Ebb & Flow, graduate show, Falmouth

2021.6, Repair, joint exhibition at Cornish Bank, Falmouth

2020.10, UAL Graduate Showcase, Online

2020.9, New Faces, joint exhibition at Sprout Art, London

2018.11, Work collected by Shanghai Xirui Co., Ltd.

2018.3, Solo exhibition, Zuheros, Spain

2017.10 - 2017.11, Contributed to Oh Comely Magazine

2017.7, Work featured in Average Art Magazine

2017.7, Two Folds, Bargehouse, London

2017.7, work shortlisted in Royal Ulster Academy 136th Annual Exhibition


Contact (for academic/research enquiries)

+44 0 7479 389 110

Ins: @cechenpaints

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