Chowwai Cheung was born and bought up in Leicestershire. She studied at the Manchester Metropolitan University from 1989-92 for a BA Honours degree in Textile/Fashion specialising in Printed Textiles, gaining a 1st class degree.
She moved to Devon in 1996 where she currently lives and works.
‘My work is inspired by the landscapes of the Southwest, especially those of Devon and Dorset. I am fascinated by rock formations and the shape of the land that is formed by this strong underlying geometry; which both set, and emphasise, the boundaries, between shape and form. I seek to express a suggestive ambiguity in my work, which, in multiple ways, explores the interactions and tensions between depth and surface.
My primary practice is hand finished collagraphs. Every process of my work is done by hand, they are usually one off works on paper and occasionally work to a small edition. I am repeatedly drawn back to collagraph as I find it gives me access to both the hard-edged shapes, soft translucent tones and textures that can be built intuitively within each layer of ink. Each work is finished in acrylic, which gives me the creative freedom to further develop and conclude each piece.
In addition to my original cprints I work on mixed media collages an extension to my collagraph printmaking.’