Kristy M Chan (b.1997, Hong Kong) currently lives between London and Hong Kong. Rooted in observation, Chan’s artistic practice – comprised of both painting and video – brings together narratives of migration and displacement alongside a consciously absurdist and satyrical temperament. Her densely built-up works often depart from her experience navigating her relationship with ‘finding home’ when moving between, and originating from, differing cultural geographies. Chan’s oil and oil stick paintings – often incorporating a distinctively kaleidoscopic and vibrant palette of jewelled tones – synthesise together dissonant, adventitious and sometimes surreal junctures she experiences, while simultaneously conjuring the dizzying cadence of contemporary life.
Chan received her BFA from Slade School of Fine Art in 2019 and her MA from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2020. Selected recent group exhibitions include Femme-Ate, Soho Revue, London (2021); Space Shuffler, HART HAUS, Hong Kong (2021); Lichtspiele Des Westen, Leipzig (2020); Big Soft Illusion, Alte Handelsschule, Leipzig (2020); Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London (2019); and Haam4 Seoi2 Goeng1, Hong Kong Visual Art Centre, Hong Kong (2019). Recent residencies include PILOTENKUECHE, Leipzig (2020) and AiR Frosterus, Finland (2019). In 2022, Chan will receive residences at CoGalleries, Berlin and The Cabin, Los Angeles.