“I knew at an early age that art was going to be a strong influence,” – Sandra Chu
For Sandra Chu, who paints under the nom de brosse “Sander,” art is a family tradition, beginning with her grandfather who painted cathedral frescos in Milan, cousin Leon Battista Alberti, artist and architect from Florence, Aunt Eleanor Marfisi, who was an author, artist, and musician, her Uncle Caesar Berra who encouraged her to paint as a child, and her mother who still painted at the age of 96. “I knew at an early age that art was going to be a strong influence in my life and I wanted to learn as much as possible. Whenever I travel I go to every museum and gallery to study and experience the work. Impressionism struck a particular chord with me because it broke the rules of academic painting by giving colors primacy over lines. Art has always been a passion of mine and now, I can pursue my dream full time.”
“Nom de brosse” translates as “brush artist,” but Chu works her acrylic paints mostly with a palette knife, building layers through glazing and scraping. The results are classic examples of bold, abstract expressionist compositions that are sometimes minimalist: “My paintings are not representational allowing the viewer to use their imagination to tell their own story. My paintings reflect what I feel in my heart and imagination, not what I see in front of me, which translates not to a painting full of emotion and thought.”
Sander will be participating in the 2017 Open Studio Weekend, sponsored by Louisville Visual Art and University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute. Her studio in the Clifton neighborhood will be open the weekend of November 4 and 5. Tickets for Open Studio Weekend will go on sale October 16. Click here for more information.
After Open Studio Weekend, she will be participating in Arts on CityPlace in LaGrange, Kentucky, November 11 & 12.
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: BA, Cal State Dominguez Hills in Studio Art, specializing in sculpture.
Gallery Representative: Manhattan Arts (New York City); Contemporary Arts Gallery (New Harmony, Indiana)
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