In a group exhibition at the age of 19, after three years of intense training by the well known Surinamese artist Cliff San A Jong , Carol Chen Poun Joe presented her works of art to the Surinamese public for the first time. In the next four years she exhibited locally at the National Art Fair and in 2011 she participated at the Art Expo New York in the USA. Now in 2012, Carol Chen Poun Joe presents her first solo exhibition named Serenity, in collaboration with Royal House of Art.
The paintings of Chen Poun Joe, just like those of her teacher, are primarily realistic. Realism is the style she feels most passionate about and she considers this precise style a challenge for her skills as an artist. In excellent detail and remarkable mastery of painting techniques regarding anatomy and light and shadow effects, she uses her brushes and acrylic paint to capture her subjects on canvas. The desired result is achieved in a patient process of layer upon layer – often up to thirty layers or more – with her brush and a final layer with a palette knife in order to add texture to specific locations on the surface. Carol paints primarily women, strikingly beautiful women. Perhaps this preference has something to do with the fact that aside from being a visual artist, Chen Poun Joe she is also a make-up artist. Making women beautiful with cosmetics, capturing beautiful women on canvas in paints; the one is not really that far removed from the other is it?
Although the influence of San A Jong is still clearly present in her paintings, Carol also gains inspiration from earlier masters such as the French artist William Adolphe Bouguereau. And she is also particularly inspired by the contemporary artist Chris Dellorco from the USA. Just as they do in their work, Carol also places women centrally in her work, giving them an almost divine, Venus-like status in the middle of a sometimes magical or otherwise enchanting environment. Maybe this is why a great deal of her work has a Western look to it, but according to the artist this is not a conscious choice. Inspiration for her comes from feelings within.
Carol Chen Poun Joe chooses Serenity as theme and title for her exhibition. With it she refers to the need of each human being for rest and for inner peace; indeed for serenity. And to Carol nature plays an important role therein. Surrounded by an impressive natural display of clouds, water and sunshine, the main characters in her work exude an aura of ultimate peace and serenity. Eagerly they seem to soak up the revitalizing power, the energy and in a certain sense also the spirituality of their idyllic surroundings.
Also striking in the collection are the portraits of beautiful black women, draped in brightly colored cloths, and those of colorful tropical birds, another favorite theme of this young artist. The collection also includes a small number of still lifes and abstract works of art. Carol Chen Poun Joe will, especially because of her young age and considerable talent, undoubtedly once again make quite an impression on the public. It will be extremely interesting to see how this young woman will further develop as an artist in the long and promising career she has ahead of her.
Serenity is open to the public from July 28th until August 4th in Royal House of Art and Royal Torarica Hotel. The opening hours are on Saturday from 10:00 – 13:00 hrs, Monday thru Friday from 10:00 – 15:00 hrs and on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday also in the evenings from 19:00 – 21:00 hrs.
For more information you may contact Royal House of Art at: + 597 473821. To view more of Carol’s work please visit her website http://www.carolcpj-art.com/