"We need to have a direction. We need to be able to, while we're alive... Be responsible for using your gifts and to fulfill what you could with what you have."
We are thrilled to be introducing Chin Yuen in this episode of Living A Creative Life.
Artist Chin Yuen, an award-winning Canadian painter originally from Malaysia, creates vibrant abstract art while sharing insights on how art is a gift for celebrating life and overcoming adversity. In this episode of Living A Creative Life, we continue our theme of Materials At Work.
We'd like to thank Chin Yuen and ArtXContemporary for permitting usage of their images in this video.
Chin Yuen Working on Living It Up
Chin Yuen, "Living It Up", Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 60 in.
About our theme, Materials At Work
As artists, our creative journeys are intimately intertwined with the materials we choose to work with. These raw substances, in our skilled hands, undergo a transformative process, giving birth to intricate and evocative creations that resonate deeply within the human consciousness - engaging our senses, stirring our emotions, and sparking profound thoughts. This is the essence of living a creative life.
Every artist knows about that elusive state of flow, where our materials become extensions of our very being. We intimately understand their textures, their capabilities, and their idiosyncrasies. They become our trusted companions, guiding us through the creative process and allowing us to channel our innermost visions into tangible forms. This passionate connection between artist and material fuels our artistic journey, enabling us to communicate our unique perspectives with clarity and depth. However, the path to creative mastery is not linear or predictable.
From student to professional, it is a journey of exploration and experimentation, where we venture into uncharted territory and discover new tools and materials that unlock unforeseen creative pathways. These unexpected encounters breathe fresh life into our artistic practice, challenging us to push boundaries, embrace innovation, and forge new artistic directions. Join us as we engage in conversations with artists who exemplify the essence of living a creative life. Through their experiences, insights, and personal journeys, we will uncover the transformative power of materials and delve into the captivating realm of artistic alchemy.
International award-winning Canadian painter, Chin Yuen, was born in Malaysia. She studied in Singapore and England before moving to Canada for further education. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors from Vancouver’s Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria, Canada. After graduation, she moved to Japan and Italy, where she taught English and Fine Arts for several years before returning home to Canada. Yuen continues to travel extensively for work and pleasure. She sees her diverse cultural exposures as an artistic asset that, combined with her love of imaginative inventions, inspires and shapes her creations. For over 25 years, she has exhibited internationally. Her dynamic abstract paintings are on the covers of international textbooks and the walls of residential homes, hotels, health care centres, and corporate buildings.