Eric Chan

She Brings the Dawn, 2019
Oil painting on reclaimed wood
16 x 16 in (40.64 x 40.64 cm)
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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. "A portrait of Aisholpan Nurgaiv, “The Eagle Huntress” featured in the 2016 documentary film - a Kazakh nomad from the the minority-majority state of Bayan-Ölgii (Mongolia), in the mountainous Altai region west of Altai City, Mongolia, east of Altai Township, Kazakhstan, north of Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang, China, and south of the Altai Republic, a federal subject of Russia. After her documented success in the traditionally male-dominated sport and culture of horseback eagle hunting, she rejected lucrative opportunities to defect to the more industrialized, urbanized, majority-populous Kazakhstan. In choosing to remain citizens of Mongolia, her family has helped propel the nation’s tolerance for the Kazakh population and renewed interest in cultural traditions."
She Brings the Dawn by Eric Chan

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