Eng Hwee Chu is a contemporary feminist artist. She specializes in acrylic painting, but also works with installation art and sculpture. Her works expresses her own life experiences and represents a voice of women in relation to the roles and status of women in society. Important exhibitions that she has participated include: Asian Women Artist 1984 – 2012 (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum), Osaka Triennale Exhibition 2001, The Second Asia-Paciﬁc Triennial of Contemporary Art 1996 and Art in Southeast Asia Exhibition Tour 1997. Her works are widely collected by art museums and private collectors.
Contemporary Feminist Artist: Eng Hwee Chu (當代女性藝術家: 楊惠珠) is a showcase of Hwee Chu’s paintings, which are constructed along simple and rough lines, incorporating rugged and heavy objects and colors in order to express her thoughts in a frank and direct manner. Did she ﬁnd “the ﬁrst key” for her artistic creativity? At that time, she seemed to be contented that a successful composition should be one that is well-organized, complete with a theme and concept that would convey ideas and thoughts. After one of her compositions, “Praying Hands” was severely criticized by college lecturers, Hwee Chu experienced an epiphany that artistic creativity could be understood from very different points of view and perspectives. Artistic creativity was not a one-dimensional thinking process.
Like most children that grew up in rural villages, Hwee Chu‘s childhood was playful and carefree as she spent her time in the plantation estates she studied in a Chinese primary school and later moved on to a national secondary school. In her teenage years, she developed passions for drawing and was enthusiastic about fashion design as well. She attended a drawing class in the city and ended up becoming the assistant of her art teacher.