As an art student at the Royal Collage of Art in London, Gordon Cheung began reading about business cycles and economic market crisis cycles. With the housing bubble and financial crisis of 2008, Cheung's interest in the formation of bubbles grew, leading him to the first well-documented speculative bubble in economic history - namely, speculation on tulip bulbs in the Netherlands in the 17th century.
"Tulipmania" is the name of his series alluding to this speculative bubble. Here, too, the stock market section of the "Financial Times" is his painting background. The models for his tulips come from the sales catalogs of Dutch tulip dealers at the time - the beauty of the flowers should attract buyers. The rare, multi-colored "mottled" tulips, that is, tulips that are not uniformly colored, were especially sought after at the time. Cheung increased the desirability of his tulips by adding iridescent, hallucinogenic colors to them - they approach the viewer and try to seduce him.
Gordon Cheung lives and works in London, where he also grew up. His works are in renowned collections and museums, such as the British Museum or the Museum of Modern Art (Moma) in New York.
Lives and works in London
born in London
1994 - 1998
Central St Martins College of Art and Design BA (Hons)
1999 - 2001
Royal College of Art MA Fine Art Painting
Braziers International Artists Workshop, UK
• Arrow to Heaven, Almine Rech, Paris.
• Transfer of Power, Sponsored by ICFAC, co-produced with Coates and Scarry, C Project, Los Angeles.
• Tears of Paradise, Edel Assanti, London.
• Prelude, Edel Assanti, London.
• Home, Galerie Huit, Hong Kong.
• Gordon Cheung, The Whitaker, Rossendale.
• New Order Vanitas, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, FL.
• Here Be Dragons, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham.
• Lines in the Sand, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
• Breaking Tulips, Alan Cristea Gallery, London.
• The Abyss Stares Back, Edel Assanti, London.
• Gordon Cheung, Art14 with Edel Assanti, London.
• Gordon Cheung, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Hong Kong.
• Gordon Cheung: The Solar City, Edel Assanti, London.
• Gordon Cheung: The Light That Burns Twice as Bright, Alan Cristea Gallery, London.
• Gordon Cheung, ROOM Gallery, London.
• Altered States: Paintings by Gordon Cheung from the Stephane Janssen Collection, Arizona State University Museum, Arizona , USA.
• The Sleeper Awakes , Other Gallery, ; touring to Beijing and Wenzhou in 2011, Shanghai.
• Solo presentation with Unosunove Gallery, Rom.
• The Promised Land, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
• The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall.
• Volta NYC , Einzelausstellung mit Unosunove Gallery und Galerie Alder, New York.
• Technophobia, Harris Museum,, Preston.
• The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Alan Cristea Gallery, London.
• Death by a Thousand Cuts, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester.
• Kirkby Gallery, Liverpool.
• God is on Our Side, Unosunove Gallery, Rom.
• Gordon Cheung - Recent Paintings, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham.
• The 1000 Yard Stare, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
• Laing Art Solo Award and Commission: Gordon Cheung – Para dise Lost, Laing Art Gallery.
• Heart of Darkness, Thomas Cohn Gallery, Sao Paolo.
• Hollow Sunsets, Houldsworth Gallery, London.
• Sprawl, DomoBaal Gallery, London.
• Editions & Acquisitions, Alan Cristea Gallery, London.
• Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville.
• The Big M ‘On The Precipe’ tour, ISIS Arts, .
• NOW PLAYING EVERYWHERE: a Survey of Social and Political Works from the Stéphane Janssens Collection, MCA Museum, Arizona , USA.
• Cheer Up, It’s Not the End of the World, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh.
• John Martin: Painting the Apocalypse, UK; touring to Tate Britain, London, UK, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield.
• Double Interview, Artspace, HUE, Seoul,Korea.
• Eleven, Alan Cristea Gallery, London.
• Dazed and Confused, New Loon Fung Restaurant, London.
• Negotiable Values , Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK; touring to 501 Art Space, Chongquing, China, .
• The Art of Survival, Maddox Arts, London.
• Drawing Biennale 2009, Drawing Room Gallery, London.
• Age of Anxiety, Volta NY, New York.
• he Other Mainstream II: Selections from the Collection of Mikki and Stanley Weithorn, Arizona State University Art Museum, Arizona , USA.
• Wilderness of Mirrors, Galerie Adler, Frankfurt.
• Armory Show, with Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
• Psychedelic, San Antonio Art Museum, Texas, USA.
• Drawing From History: Permanent Collection and Loans , ,, ASU Art Museum, Arizona, USA.
• Dream Home, Novas Contemporary Art Centre, London.
• Near Dark, Donna Beam Gallery, Las Vegas.
• Stéphane Janssen: The Collector, Amarillo Museum of Art, Texas, USA.
• Broken Romanicism, Standpoint Gallery, London.
• British Art Show 6, BALTIC, Gateshead.
• Lunchbox Auction, Wooster Projects, New York.
• Art LA, Cynthia Broad Gallery, LA.
• Thermo 04 with Castlefield Gallery, Lowry Museum, Salford.
• Grey Goo, Flaca Gallery, London.
• Trans -, Kyoto Art Centre, Kyoto.
• Intervention, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.
• One Day, Gallery Corridor, Iceland.
• Unscene, Gasworks, London.
• CD1, Marlborough Fine Arts, London.
• Painting 2000, Royal College of Art,, London.