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.
"The benevolent Qilin/Kirin/麒麟 is a mythical beast recurring in East and Southeast Asian folklore said to resemble a deer with a single antler, the scales of a fish or snake, an ox’s tail, and sometimes a horse’s legs or a dragon’s face or a lion’s body. Giraffes came to the Asian-Pacific region in the 15th century and became associated with the legendary creature, whose rare and heavenly presence would herald the birth of a sage or an era of peace and prosperity. Though the traditional blessing of the Qilin idealizes a studious, obedient, and militant male child, this version embraces a matriarchal narrative inspired by the Musuo tribe in Yunnan, China."