Irene Chou (Hong Kong / Australia)

Museum of Contemporary Art

Irene Chou (1924-2011) was a pioneering Chinese ink painter known for her innovative and spiritual approach to traditional Chinese art. Chou’s practice was characterised by her unique blend of traditional Chinese ink painting techniques with elements of abstract expressionism. Her works often featured bold and dynamic brushstrokes, evoking a sense of movement and energy while maintaining a deep connection to nature and the cosmos.

Throughout her career, Chou sought to bridge the gap between the ancient and the contemporary, infusing her art with philosophical and spiritual themes. Her works often reflected her profound interest in Zen Buddhism and Taoism, exploring the relationship between the individual and the universe.