chai lim lim
I have identified as having a disability, since I was 19 years old, and keep very well because of modern medicine, and because of it have a strong faith in Jesus Christ. I was a self taught artist in realism and have been creating since childhood.
I have managed to secure a ‘qualification’ in fine art (B.A. in Visual Art) graduating in 1996, from the University of Ballarat, and then in 2008 followed with an Honors year.
When I began to research in 1993 I discovered certain styles that I admired. Spontaneous brush strokes, lots of colour, starting with the Cobra group, then Willem De Kooning, and many other artists inspired me including Elizabeth Cummings.
In the intervening years after graduating I found myself using a lot of line, which came naturally from my drawing days. The painted lines were used in a spontaneous and gestural way over the surface of base/ or blocks of colour. I have discovered other artists using this method in 2016 as if we were all following the same dream as proposed in the collective concience theory. I would have liked to have written a thesis on this subject but In 2008 a fellow student mentioned that I was creating space in my paintings and following that line of thought I had some other success, but now I'm enjoying experimenting again.