kai chan "My work comes out of life. It is my way to learn to live with the world and to experience the passage of my time. My immediate surroundings provide the closest elements that inform my work. I focus on everything that frees up anything I know to invent a new realm that is in reference to and questioning the enigmatic and ambiguous in everyday living. The mystery of being is the most powerful and seductive challenge in my creativity.

Kai Chan has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe. His solo exhibition, ”Rainbow Lakes” began in 2002 traveled to 8 public galleries across Canada. “Kai Chan: Spider's Logic”, a 35 years retrospective exhibition beginning in 2010 is touring to 6 cities. He has received numerous grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council as well as several prestigious awards including the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award [1998], and the Prix Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts [2002]. His work is in many prominent collections such as the Museum London, London, ON; the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Musée des Arts Decoratifs de Montréal, QC; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, QC; the Library and Gallery, Cambridge, ON; the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON and the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway.

Photo: J. R. Carpenter