Ce Chen is a self-promoted artist and illustrator. He experiments with various material and formats. He firstly developed the interest in Cornish landscapes while in his BA study; the he was intrigued by how a particular landscape can be used to define an identity, and devoted to explore the symbolic power of landscapes. Through his explorations, he articulates the statement:

To paint as a shit-stirrer – at least that was the encouragement. Authorial illustration introduced many feasibilities to narrative visualisation. Those conventionally tooled elements: words, themes, compositions, a different manner of utilisation could decisively alter the outcome. As Gary Powell once said, “back to basic”, I sank to the very fundamental essence of these elements to depict an invented dilemma. I mess around with linearity, definition, materiality, and time-space as I maintain that art systematically challenges things in a specific context – even if this context is too idealised or needs to be invented. This is the approach I adopt to settle the never-ending self-debate about my identity as an artist, an illustrator or a researcher; it is also a peace treaty to my personal history and a negotiation to the future.

Many of Tolstoy’s quotes state the affiliation between individual experience and history as a grand narrative & collective consequence. As I suggest, the deconstruction of history should, perhaps, pause for humanistic care, and respect personal histories; information gap, sociological context and perspective leaves me the space to stir its ingredients. I experiment to verify this methodology for a forthcoming research question: how images of landscapes are used to define identity?



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 - 2025 Chelsea, UAL, Research Programme PhD

Professional Experience

2021.11 - PerSpectra - Exhibition at Copeland Gallery, London

2021.10 -  Exhibition at Lewisham Art House, London

2021.8 Ebb & Flow, Graduate show, Falmouth

2021.6 Repair Show, Cornishbank, Falmouth

2020.10 - UAL Graduate Showcase, Online

2020.9 - New Faces, Sprout Art, London

2019.2 - Work highly recommended, Red Line Art Works

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 Exhibition, Bargehouse, London

2017.7 - Work shortlisted in Royal Ulster Academy 136th Annual Exhibition


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