Ron Siu, 2021

Country: Canada (ON)
Residency period: September 17  – October 18, 2021

Public presentation : October 22

Project residency: “At Atelier Circulaire I will begin a series of primarily figurative-based prints evoking themes around the deviantly melancholic and the seductively monstrous. Inspired by the supernatural horror genre, Gay-themed Japanese graphic novels, Chinese visions of Hell and more — this direction looks to explore complexities surrounding desire and alien affects within Queer and racialised subjectivities. I hope to use monotype, screenprinting and risograph for their energetic and erotic qualities in print media.”

Bio: Ron Siu is an artist currently based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. He graduated with his BFA in Drawing & Painting at OCAD University in 2019. Working expansively in painting and print media approaches, Siu’s practice explores themes around Queer desire and fantasy. His work has been shown in exhibitions across Canada and internationally in Scotland and Germany. Siu has also participated in multiple residencies, including being an artist-in-residence at Centre[3] in Hamilton and Atelier Circulaire in Montreal.

Siu’s practice incorporates painting, printmaking and animation elements to explore contemporary themes around Queer desire and fantasy. His work is informed by Western and Asian art historical canons, decorative art movements, and mythology influences; alongside more contemporary pop sources such as gay-themed Japanese graphic romance novels, video games and supernatural horror. By connecting seemingly disparate cross-cultural threads, Siu aims to express a contemporary sense of Queer imagination.

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