Guest blogger | Pique Toronto Artist: Peter Chan
My name is Peter Chan and I am one of the artists featured in the PIQUE project. Its been an absolute pleasure to be a part of this project which promotes artists of all disciplines in Toronto.
Imad got in touch with me because of a mural I worked on in Toronto in late 2013. When I received the email about the project, I definitely felt the professionalism and enthusiasm and was instantly interested in working on this project with him.
We then met in person in my studio for the filming, our visions of what we wanted to achieve artistically in the video clip was the same so it made it that much more fun to work together as artists. I truly love working with people who are passionate about their craft and Imad is definitely one of those people. It was amazing to see everything together on the launch day of PIQUE 1.0 at the Red Bull Headquarters.
In terms of my work, I work as a painter in a studio within the west end of the Toronto region. I paint there daily and I am truly blessed to be able to do this every day. I find that painting is in tune with life and the two are simply in sync with each other for me. The most exciting thing about painting is that I can connect the two and I have the freedom to bring happenings in my life into painting as well as bringing happenings of a painting into life. To me this is the best way of working.
I'm currently focusing on a new body of work that explores the possibilities of self reflection within different conditions of life. My current paintings often depicts figures in deep thought whether within solitude or within relationships. I find interest within the natural challenges of the human condition of longing and attachment.
When painting, I enjoy using the technique of painting light and shadow as an important metaphorical device in enhancing the dramatic moment of my narratives. My current sources of influences include artists such as Bernini, Rembrandt, Velasquez, and Francis Bacon.
In the past two years, I have had the honour of exhibiting in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Montreal, and Toronto.
For more of my work, please visit www.peterchanart.com
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