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Wing Chan
Wing Chan’s use of photomontage for a wide arc of artistic expression imbued with vibrant pop-street-graffiti iconography is more grounded in painting than in photography. Chan leverages photographic technology to capture reality precisely and then transform it into masterful works of Abstract Expressionism, a hugely influential art movement centred on New York and developed shortly after World War II. Having lived in New York City for 25 years, it is no coincidence that Chan’s work is so influenced by this movement.

Wing Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1962 and grew up in the shadows of the old Kowloon Walled City. This was a very different city to modern day Kowloon, and Chan’s formative experiences were embedded in that hardened era. At the age of five, he started out as a child labourer in a noodle factory, in what was then a rough neighbourhood near to Kai Tak airport. But diligence with his studies enabled Chan to excel at school, and at 18 he left Hong Kong to pursue his vocation for art in the United States.
EDUCATION

In 1985, Chan graduated from the internationally renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and began an award-winning career in commercial design, including operating his own graphic and branding firm in New York City with clients including Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, American Express Private Bank, and Standard Chartered Private Bank.

During this time, Chan also served at an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Chan’s graphic design and photomontage works have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including in New York magazine, AIGA, Print magazine, HGTV (USA), l’architecture d’aujourd’hui (France), Bangkok Post, Bangkok TV(Thailand), Perspective magazine, City magazine (Hong Kong), pen magazine, World Corporate Profile Graphics, World Trademarks and Logotype (Japan).

In 2011 Chan relocated to rediscover his roots in Hong Kong. Focusing on his photography and photomontage and inspired by the wealth of subject matter in Hong Kong he continues to apply his mastery of forms, shapes, colours and textures to the creation of his fine art photomontages.

“To me, New York City is for dreamers and doers. The city is an empty canvas with endless possibilities, the kind of city which embeds itself in you. Once you have lived there, you carry it with you forever. In many ways, Hong Kong is like that too. These are my towns, my homes and they always will be,” explains Chan.

 


EXHIBITIONS

Chan has held solo exhibitions of his photomontage work in Paris and Bangkok and Enigma is particularly significant and symbolic as it is his debut show in his home town of Hong Kong.