Selected works by Anne Chu

Anne Chu
Tombstone for a King and Queen


painted wood

111 x 167.6
Drawing her inspiration from ancient sculptures, such as funerary carvings from the Tang Dynasty, or the medieval friezes at Chartres, Anne Chu´┐Żs version of history is something more akin to fairytale. Primitively carved from wood, Chu´┐Żs invented relics capture a rich, timeless aesthetic, which makes their authenticity all the more believable. Tombstone For a King is a rough-hewn tableau depicting a ´┐Żlong forgotten´┐Ż tragedy. Her clunky figures are careful study of craftsmanship, displaying a casual presence rarely found in ancient depictions, her washy pigmentation is convincing as battered remains. But it´┐Żs her dreamy colours, greys, pinks, and yellows, which give rise to girly romance: her ´┐Żancient dynasties´┐Ż always seem strangely contemporary, bringing mystery and romance to life.

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Modern and Contemporary artists and art ÔÇô Anne Chu
Anne Chu mines the history of figuration across cultures and eras to create sculptures that evoke ritual, storytelling, and mythology. Her wide-ranging sources are employed more for their capacity to trigger the imagination than for their particular references. Chu carefully arranges her figures in groupings, achieving the overall effect of a timeless, placeless field of players primed to perform some enchanted narrative. - In the Studio, Linda Yablonsky visits Anne Chu
Anne Chu is no old-fashioned artist, even if her painted sculptures borrow elements from Tang Dynasty ceramics, Velázquez paintings and characters from eighteenth-century operas. The New York-based artist also uses cameras and computers to make her figurative work, in materials that run from styrofoam and wood to fabric, sugar and salt.
- At Ease in Two Worlds By Franklin Einspruch
The painter Lucian Freud once remarked that art derives from other art. But the artist himself must seek to reactivate the original so its power flows into the new creation. Good artists channel this wisdom into viable contemporary forms. Anne Chu, whose solo exhibition is showing at North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art, proves she has mastered this concept. - Anne Chu: 303 Gallery - New York by Martha Schwendener
Amid the sea of slick objects in West Chelsea, Anne Chu's larger-than-life puppet sculptures come across as shockingly raw and old-fashioned. But craftsmen of the past would never have constructed objects in this way, leaving things slightly unfinished and full of clues as to their making. - Anne Chu at 303 - New York - art exhibitionby Faye Hirsch
Five large, ungainly mixed-medium marionettes, a wooden dwarf a la Velazquez and a cast-bronze raven mutely greeted visitors to a recent exhibition by Anne Chu, best known for her life-size sculptures in wood or papier-mache of bears and T'ang dynasty-derived characters.
Her work blends elements of Eastern and Western influence, creating a strong dichotomy between that which is modern and ancient, abstract and figurative, unknown and fantastical. They serve as liaisons to alternate realms of artistic thought and expression, particularly through the many techniques she employs to seamlessly unite form, content, and color, in a seemingly effortless, cohesive manner.