Ke-Hsin Jenny Chi

Contact Information:

Hawthorn Gallery in Birmingham, AL


Artist Statement:

A native of Taiwan, Ke-Hsin Jenny Chi received her Associates Degree from the Tainan Junior College of Art in Taiwan, her BA from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and her MFA from the School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art in 1998. During the summers of 2001 and 2002 she studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

Jenny’s many awards include the White House Blue Ribbon Christmas Project, the Duval County Artist in Residence, a fellowship from the Cultural Council in Jacksonville, FL, and The Carl Steinsieck Memorial Award for best figure drawing from the St. Augustine Art Association. Since 2002 she is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Eastern Illinois University, where she teaches courses in Painting, Drawing, and the Old Masters.

Inspired by the human figure, Jenny Chi paints in a style reminiscent of the old masters, conducting a personal, sometimes rather sly dialogue with the Italian Renaissance in particular. Her amicable appropriation of the Best of the West makes one aware of art not just as finished work but as a way of seeing, an inexhaustible language that can be learned and shared and always retains the power of saying new things.

Oil on Linen 20" x 18" 2007

Heloise & Abelard
Oil on Linen 40" x 52" 2004

Stampa's Passion
Oil on Linen 32" x 24" 2006

Chalkcoal on Grey Paper 19" x 11" 2004

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