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Graduate Art Show Features Abstract Expressionism

Apr 12, 2019

Graduation is almost here and nearing the end of studies looks different for every student. For Celine Leung, a student in King’s inclusive education program, it means debuting her most recent series of paintings at a graduate art show.

In her series, Celine explores abstract expressionism using a variety of techniques new to her practice as an artist. The works are in acrylic on canvas and other surfaces.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Celine discovered her love for painting as a teenager. She first learned from the expert hand of Amanda Sinclair and then at King’s from Kalie Bredo—an inclusive post-secondary education facilitator with Inclusion Alberta—and Daniel vanHeyst, professor of arts and drama.

Her paintings have appeared in the Chronicle, King’s student newspaper, as well as in four editions of Ballyhoo, King’s annual creative arts publication. Her painting Icicles received the Editor’s Choice Award for Illustration in the 2018 edition of Ballyhoo.

In 2018, Celine's works were displayed at a celebration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities; an exhibition with her mentor, Amanda Sinclair, at the Terwillegar Public Library.

“Celine sees the world from a place of authenticity and unfiltered emotion, which she expresses in exuberantly spontaneous paintings,” explains vanHeyst proudly.

Business professor Dr. Daniel Kim interacted with Celine at a recent event on campus, a pop-up shop. “She launched her career as an artist at King’s and engages people to see her wonderful paintings first rather than her disabilities,” says Kim. “When interacting with Celine, we experience the brighter side of entrepreneurship.”

Celine’s goals are to further develop her art practice, become a career artist, and help children discover and develop their creativity through visual expression. Celine started at King’s in 2014 and will graduate from the inclusive post-secondary education program this spring having studied visual art, drama, music, and art history. Her final art show fulfils requirements for Individual Projects in her Visual Art class.

Her works will be on display in the Atrium at The King’s University until June 1.

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