Eric Chan (b. 1988, Connecticut) is a self-taught visual artist specializing in ink line drawing and oil painting on wood panels. He currently resides in Seattle with his husband Dan and co-runs Haskett Works, a design studio and fabrication workshop. He previously worked in book publishing, and began painting portraits inspired by a cultural shift and industry rift in embracing queer diverse and inclusive characters and narratives in fantasy, historical, genre, and science fiction. His artwork embraces an unorthodox combination of traditional Asian, Classical Western, and contemporary American visual elements and styles - a reflection of his mixed Cantonese and Korean heritage juxtaposed with a queer, second-generation immigrant American disposition. Chan prefers exhibits and creative opportunities that are intentionally and actively structured towards recognizing, dismantling, and redefining oppressive and exclusive institutional systems and cultural norms.
"Inspired by the sword and sorcery genre - historically a dangerous combination of high fantasy and adventure-escapism literature centered on hyper-masculine white saviors triumphing supreme over foreign, exotic, less civilized cultures (Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars). Ancestral Guardian is instead a reflection and a reminder of the origin, purpose, and potential of the storytelling tradition across all cultures - to preserve bits and pieces of wisdom, knowledge, humor, and habit one generation after the other - immune to the confines of time and space or language."