What the Judges had to say
“Cheng’s latest oil paintings, mixed with drawing, are inspired and loosely based on tapestries. Their theme is one of identity and recognition of place.
At any distance, they appear as if woven-but close inspection reveals intricate, detailed and accurate accounts of Toronto and common cityscapes.
Certain parts of his paintings may illustrate a place that we recognize, but overall each painting forms an almost abstract field of pattern through shapes, colours and composition.
His usual flattening of spatial forms, hearkens again to tapestries, making his familiar scenes unfamiliar at the same time.”
– Tiana Koffler Boyman and Flavio Belli