Chhour Kaloon

painter born in 1968



Kaloon CHHOUR was born in Cambodia in 1968.

His family originated from Canton, China. He now has acquired French citizenship and lives in Provence, France.


After studying at the Hong Kong Art Academy, Chhour took painting courses in Paris. During those years, he became fascinated by the great impressionist masters, who were themselves inspired by Asian art. At first figurative, his style evolved rapidly toward Impressionism and Fauvism. He stayed loyal to this style for many years.


However, at the age of 35, shortly after arriving in the French Riviera, he radically turned toward abstraction. His work retains his signature strong colors, powerful brush strokes, harmony of volumes, and elements of calligraphy.

Chhour prefers warm colors such as, yellow and orange, but also employs strong colors like black and red. His paintings are colorful, powerful and pass on real energy. His works are very structured with techniques of glaze and drippings. yet, for Chhour these techniques are just a means for him to convey his feelings.


Chhour is part of the Poetic Abstraction movement, specifically Lyric Abstraction. He brings an innovative creativity that combines traditional impressionist and Asian influences, with both his own passion  and the “choreography” of colors. This melding of techniques expressed in his artworks, exudes emotion and beauty.


With numerous exhibitions in France and in the USA, Chhour has established a solid reputation. The uniqueness of his style, the incredible flamboyance of his compositions have led many experts and the French press to see in him a potential successor to the great masters of Poetic Abstraction Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) and Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014) who were also Chinese-French artists working in France.


His work is presented in many prestigious collections throughout the world. Chhour is acknowledged by the public and recognized by collectors. They follow his incredible ascension toward joining the ranks of the masters of contemporary art.



Department of the Alpes Maritimes, France



"The Intuition of Color"


Featuring 15 oil paintings, Ceramics, watercolors, and inks

April 20 - June 10, 2019

Photos Courtesy of

Akadoo SAS - © 2019



The abstraction of an elsewhere.


Chhour takes us into the bottom of the abstract creation, of a new representation of reality and the imagery of the oriental art.


Originally mainly marked by Impressionism and Fauvism, Chhour then goes to the abstraction of someplace else from its Chinese culture, without rejecting his first pictorial craze. Indeed, the artist gives to his art works a vitality of colors and shapes much like Henri Matisse and André Derain. Chhour manages to combine many flesh colors in a harmonious whole. By combining tones that we would have never dared to bind, he confuses us and delights us facing the liveliness of the pigments of his art works and the way in which they assert themselves while maintaining a haunting and poetic unit.


On the other hand,  Chhour is inspired by traditional Chinese art. In  fact, we can glimpse a mountainous landscape both dense and dispersed in each of his creations. Some features are outlined to enable the emergence of the compositions organized on the basis of a philosophy of the empty and full. The latter  encourages us to look in a universe much broader, even infinite, giving free rein to our imagination. Thus, as in the pictorial traditional Chinese art,  Chhour develops a full composition when carrying to a form of absolute and harmony ruled by the Yin Yang (the balance of the Empty and the Full). We find also in his artworks remnants of calligraphic inscriptions thanks to the presence of black streaks. These infuse landscapes with an internal movement, then resuming the original idea of the internal movement of human beings of Chinese art. The artist speaks of intimate communion with the universe that one breath is source of life. Thus his creations underline a form of magic of creation and a syncretism between Eastern and Western art, leading us indeed to a purely spiritual world, free from geographical and cultural borders.


So, Chhour translated the abstraction of other worldliness in which we are thrown to discover a singleness of man and the cosmos, as well as a perpetual dynamics within this universe. Thus we discover an art between tradition and renewal, between East and West.










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I finished this painting in August 2015 in my studio in Nice.


Some will see the cosmos or whatever else. It is not important as a paintings gets its life through the eyes of those who feel it with their deepest and personal senses.


To derogate from one of my principles not to comment my own paintings, I think that we have here an abstract and symbolic representation of the life cycle on Earth and, beyond this, what is, for me, the heritage of my Asian culture and of Buddhism.


So, the bottom of the painting represents water, the origin of life, well, the one we know and for us humans our mother’s amniotic fluid.


The center of the painting is life with the sun and its yellow heat.

These two parts of the paintings are riddled with black lines and dark red splashes.

Again, here is the Yin Yang that re-appears.

This center part, on the top left, bursts in small touches towards a very dark and tormented background – the darkness. Fortunately, at the top right, there is a deep evanescent blue – again life is here.

I want to point out that this interpretation of the painting was made with hindsight. Indeed, although I have a quite definite idea of a painting’s composition before I start, often, I do not have a preset idea on the final artworks and it’s symbolic. It is my brush that guides me and, in it, there is my mind free as it wishes.


Chhour Kaloon – August 2015

Chhour Kaloon explains his painting Untitled ref. JKP15


Untitled ref. JPK15 | 2015

oil on canvas | 44.9 x 57.5 in (114 x 146 cm)



TV Interview with Chhour Kaloon - Paris (France)



Pictorial Emotions

Retrospective 2008-2015


Text in French and English

Hard cover 264 pages 11" x 11"

ISBN: 978-2-9552785-1-2

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Retrospective 2008-2010


Text in French and English

Hard cover 264 pages 11" x 11"

ISBN: 978-2-9552785-1-2

by mail order