Canal Cheong-Jagerroos (b. 1968) is a Chinese visual artist, born in Macau, China, who grew up in an artistic family. In the past 25 years, Canal has lived and worked in 7 countries from Asia to Europe and Africa, before settling with her family in Finland. Canal has discovered that walking the line between the east and west, facing different cultures, can be both constructive and destructive, but always inspirational. She has won international recognition and acclaim for her unique works of fusing ancient Chinese motifs and contemporary elements. Canal’s working techniques involve using multiple layers of Xuan rice paper, acrylic, ink, and traditional Chinese pigments, which are incorporated together using mixed medium to derive a sense of depth on canvas.
I grew up in Macau, in a family steeped in traditional Chinese art.
I have since lived and worked for 25 years in 7 countries from Asia to Europe and Africa before settling with my family in Finland. I have discovered that walking the line between the east and west, facing different cultures, can be both constructive and destructive, but always inspirational.
During last 25 years, I have tried numerous creative approaches, both fleetingly and for longer periods, in my exploration of the nature of the material and immaterial realm. I am often confronted and challenged by positive and negative elements, their resolutions being ultimately manifested in the interplay of novel harmonious expressions. In the process of this exploration, I have found that persistence and dedication are the basic elements in art. I have learnt too that it is essential to be true to oneself, to keep the heart open and to never give in.
My working techniques involve using multiple layers of rice paper, acrylic, ink, and traditional Chinese pigments which are incorporated together using mixed medium to derive a sense of depth on canvas.
Life is like a canvas. I am thrilled to be one of its elements. By blending ancient Chinese motifs and modern elements, I integrate the past with the present through symbolic creations that depict the peace and harmony of a utopian world.
Canal Cheong Jagerroos
Helsinki, Finland 2016