In his latest series, Ideals and Traditions, artist Peter Chan explores themes of gender ideology, superstition, identity and popular culture in Asia.
Inspired by his recent visit to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan, the beautiful oil on linen paintings document things that sparked his interest. From people eating at their local restaurant to traditional Asian objects that are found everywhere, Chan adds his own narrative to the mundane, giving us a different view of Asia.
“I use a mix of contemporary figures to form new stories by re-introducing them with both historical and contemporary locations,” Chan tells Creative Boom. “Historical Asian artefacts are also depicted as Western still-life paintings.”
Peter Chan was born in Hong Kong but now lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He received his BAA from Sheridan College in 2008 and he has since exhibited his work all over the world – Paris, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal and Toronto. Discover more at peterchanart.com.
Laundry Room, 2019 © Peter Chan
Midnight in Jiufen, 2019 © Peter Chan
Inbetween Identities, 2019 © Peter Chan
Dinner in the Nuptial Chamber, 2019 © Peter Chan
Study of Golden Ox, 2019 © Peter Chan
Judy, 2018 © Peter Chan
Still Life on Mount Tai, 2019 © Peter Chan
Peter Chan in his studio. Image courtesy of Peter Chan