The Chinese-character artworks of Sun Chan 陈伸 (1932 – 2017) have been hailed for their originality and inventiveness, and have earned the late HK artist many fans around the world, both young and old. This July, to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, an exhibition of Sun Chan's picturesque representations of the Chinese script, Joy To The Words《字得奇乐》(Zi De Qi Le) will be held in Singapore at The Arts House from 20 to 27 July, 2017. Co-presented by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore and Artwow, a HK-based cultural enterprise, it will be the first showcase of the artist's works since his passing in March this year.
Chan’s playful patterns of vibrant colors and distinctive forms can be appreciated simply for their visual appeal. Yet they also engage viewers who read Chinese characters in word-guessing games, while sparking curiosity and evoking flights of imagination in all others. Chan’s works have adorned wall murals, large-scale sculptures and stamps, and have been featured in a special collection of scarves, apparel and accessories by Hermès’ Shang Xia brand. His painting TREBLE: Gold was also sold at Sotheby’s New York’s Contemporary Art Auction in September last year.
The upcoming exhibition in July will feature over 40 selected pieces of Chan’s works, including his most recent and never-before-shown paintings. The audiences are invited to interact and to decipher his works, which will be displayed with QR codes, from which the embedded Chinese character(s) can be revealed.