Chong Kwan, Gayle, (b. 1973), artist

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1973 (was birth date of)


Gayle Chong Kwan is a London-based artist who works include photographs, installation and videos. She is known for her large-scale mise-en-scene environments and photographs which include fantastical landscapes, largely made from found or waste materials. Gayle examines the relationship between reality, fiction, appropriation, and myths by focusing on contemporary developments and their impact on the landscape.

She born born in Edinburgh in 1973 to a Scottish mother and a Chinese-Mauritian father. She holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester (1994); MSc in Communications, University of Stirling, (1995); BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design (2000); MPhil in Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London, (2015); PhD in Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London, (2021).

Gayle Chong Kwan’s work has been show in galleries around the world, including the Musei di Strada Nuova, Italy; Bloomberg Space, London; and Galerie Alberta Pane, Venice. Her work has received various awards including the British Council/Arts Council England International Artist Award (2015); FATHOM Award (2014); REFOCUS: The Castlegatemima Photography Prize (2013); and The Royal Scottish Academy Award (2012). She is represented by the Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris and The Artists Agency, UK.

The artist has had two solo shows at the Chinese Arts Centre: Mappa Manna in 2001 and Cockaigne in 2006. She was also one of the artist involved in the retrospective exhibition Gathering Momentum in 2003. 







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