Chan Sai Lok
Artist, art critic, and writer based in Hong Kong. Chan holds a BA and MFA in Fine Art and an MA in Gender Studies, all from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has always taken text and literature as points of departure in his artistic endeavour, through which he contemplates the intimate relationship between painting and literariness. There is a certain queerness in his paintings, as his aesthetics and use of material often convey a sense of ambiguity, while the positioning in form between Asian or European styles rejects simple categorisation.
His recent solo exhibitions include Everyday Practice (Hong Kong 2019 and New York 2020), Land of Longing and Exile (2019), and Alongside Poetry in an Alley (2016-17). Chan has been a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, a winner of the UOB Art in Ink Award, the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese, and Professor Mayching Kao Art History Award. His exhibition catalogues The Countenance of Text and Everyday Practice were published.
Chan was one of the editors of Qiuying poetry magazine, an executive committee member of The House of Hong Kong Literature; he is now a part-time lecturer in universities, co-founder of an art-critic-collective Art Appraisal Club, the project leader of an art review project Free Walk In, and guest host of a radio art program.