Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nocturnal Enlightenment

Nocturnal enlightenment
16'' x 20''
acrylics on paper

This saturday, December 15th this piece will be in the opening of Copro Gallery's 'The Illumination' group show in Los Angeles.

Drop by if you are in the area!

Here are more information:

Friday, November 02, 2012

Her heart is the moon


“Her heart is the moon”
7.5” x 9.5”
Graphite, acrylics, and gold leaf on paper

Sometimes, the rainy days ain’t so bad, its just part of the cycle of things. We miss the sun, but there is the moon to look forward to. After the night sky comes, there will be another chance tomorrow.

“Her Heart is the Moon” is completed and now travelling Chicago. Opening night is tomorrow, details are all on the flyer. If you are in the area, drop by to the opening as it will be a great show!


Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition
November 3 to December 15, 2012
@ Kosart Gallery

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 7pm to 11pm

Sunday, October 28, 2012


12.5” x 17”
Pencils on Paper

If there are moments of peace in the dream… then I’ll follow you into the dark.

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Subway Sketches

Haven't posted sketchbook drawings here for a while, here is one from a day of subway sketching! Every Sunday at Union Station subway platform in Toronto.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Preview of an upcoming piece

Work in progress piece for a group show @ Chicago in Early Nov. More info soon!


Monday, October 15, 2012

'Hello Kitty, Hello Art!' Book now published!

Recently, I received this beautiful book in the mail. ‘Hello Kitty Hello Art! Works of Art Inspired by Sanrio Characters’ is now published in hardcover format. 
I am very honored to be part of this book along with many other great artists such as Shepard Fairey, Travis Louie, Audrey Kawasaki, Gary Baseman, Gary Taxali, Junko Mizuno, Bobby Chiu, Kei Acedera, Ron English, Tara McPherson, Amy Sol, Brant Peters, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Eric Joyner, Luke Chueh, Martin Hsu, Melissa Haslam, Natalia Fabia, Nate Frizzell, and many many more!
Look out for this book in your nearest bookstore!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


11 x 14”
graphite & acrylics on paper

Our thoughts and memories always play tricks on us.

Here is a drawing I contributed for a group show in Portland to celebrate the Iconic television painter ‘Bob Ross’.

The show opens tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 27th) in Portland, come by to see the show at Screaming Sky Gallery if you are in the area!

The show will be on until October 21st, 2012.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

'LOOPS' Solo Exhibition opening tonight!!

In just a few more hours, my show 'LOOPS' will be opening at the Damask Gallery, on the 3rd floor of the Dundas West Arts Building in Toronto.

Its been a busy few weeks for me leading towards the show. Tonight, there will be drinks, there will be music, and there will be art. Come out to the show if you got a little time in Toronto. It will be a special night. :)

Here is the last promo e-flyer I am posting, reminding you of all the info you'll need - time and location!

I look forward to seeing everyone there, old friends, family, and new faces!
LOOPS: A Solo Show by Peter Chan

Opening reception:
Thursday September 13, 2012 / 7 - 11pm

Sometimes we get stuck. We deal with our everyday little things and our big things. Time begins to blur. Without us realizing, our lives have become an incoherent mishmash, a never ending cycle. Momentarily, people are able to break free and take gulps of fresh air in a cathartic moment but quickly plunge back, still living the same repetitious patterns.

This body of work represent memories of living in perpetual roller coaster 'loops' and fantasies of escapism. I want to show how malleable our nostalgia can be, changing what we remember to make us feel how we’re living today is OK. It’s not. In the end we’re just moving backwards and sometimes we get stuck.

- peterchan

Damask Salon And Gallery
2466 Dundas Street West, 3rd floor
Toronto ON,

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

'LOOPS' - the story behind the show

Here is the background story and concept for 'LOOPS'

Coming together..

Sealing drawings and varnishing paintings recently to get reading for this Thursday.

Here is a better photo of the finished product, it's been sent off to the framers!



See this and other original pieces in person on Thursday @ LOOPS: Opening Reception / Peter Chan

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Unforgettable ephemeral moments...

Ever experienced an unforgettable ephemeral moment? 
On a walk to the park, seeing the landing of a dragonfly right in front of our eyes.. 

Appreciating it's beauty, intricacy, and fragility, we seek a second look. On this second take, it's already gone.
The show is fast approaching. 
Only about a week til then, it will be just like a dragonfly. Landing for that short moment.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Drawing for 'LOOPS'

Sometimes, you try to remember and follow your dreams when you wake up. When I am lucky enough, I am able to write down my dreams before I forget... but why?

Why is the fantasy so attractive?
That makes me wonder.


Working hard on my pieces, both painting and drawing for LOOPS!
Using graphite for this one...


Thursday, August 09, 2012

white dew, marble steps

"white dew, marble steps"
14'' x 20'' Acrylics, inks and pencil on paper
collaboration piece by Harvey Chan and myself.

Here's the final piece I'm contributing to 'Unworldly Reunion', a show which opens tonight in Toronto, Canada.

white dew, marble steps is about personal growth in our own cultural backgrounds. More specifically, it is about an Asian growing-up in Canada. The Chinese characters on the grid paper is an excerpt from 'Marble Steps Complaint', a poem written by one of the great Chinese poets Li Bai. This piece is influenced by the themes of growth, mystery and change found in many of Li Bai's poems.

Growing up, I remember dreading Chinese school every weekend. (If you're Chinese-Canadian you know what I'm talking about!) I had to memorize many poems in order to get a passing grade. I hated it. I did not understand why we had to learn about the past, it just wasn't relevant to me. What influenced me was the gloss of popculture…

As I grew older I asked myself who am? What are my origins? This painting is a return to my Chinese heritage which I was once so involved in as a child.


DanZon Art & Dance Centre, 2480 Dundas Street West, Unit 104 ( 5 min walk north of Dundas West subway station )

August 9th, 2012. 7pm - 12am. ONE NIGHT ONLY

Jon Todd, Brianne Service, Jose Ortega, Juana Zuniga, Fiona Smyth, Selena Wong, Fred Sbastian, Peter Chan, Hyein Lee, Hiend Tang, Chu Zhang, Shen Plum, Mary Paz Sobreira, Miko Sobreira, Keita Morimoto, Megan Ellen, Richard da Mota, Matthew da Mota, Jona Stewart, Johny Deluna, Jack Shepherd, Wendy Ding, Tomo Nagamoto, Nataly Kim, Martha Chan, Kestin Cornwall, Ivan Prusac, Hanna Barczyk, Wing Yee Tong, Andrew Colebeck, Samia Taqi, Corrine Darvill, Kimberley Whitchurch, Anne-Karoliina Koskinen, Tomio Nitto, Mariana Tomasevic...

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Renewed Piece of History


Work in Progress piece. I was walking around one day to the Japanese antique store and found this old piece of Japanese paper. As I was walking back to the hotel, the paper was so dried that it started cracking. To preserve it, once I went home I tried collaging it onto a painting that I am working on.

You never know what you might find in an old items/antique store, on a bright sunny day.

I love finding old items, it is an adventure every time. :)


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Personal Wednesday Update!

This week’s ‘Personal Wednesday’ update! This piece is getting near completion… will be posting the final soon.

There are things that might be hard to see in the photo. I will try to provide more detailed shots when I post the final.

Friday, July 13, 2012

LIVE Painting at Paint-A-Thon tomorrow @ Night it up!

PAINT-A-THON @ Night It Up! from Paint-A-Thon on Vimeo.

Gonna be Painting LIVE tomorrow from 2pm - 7pm at Paint-A-Thon with a few friends @ Night It Up! in Markham. Fundraising for 'Make A Wish' Foundation and for youth development at 'Power Unit Youth Organization'! Come by if you're in the area!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Preview Photos of 5, 10, 15, 20 Pop up Shop!

Here are some preview photos of the new pop up concept shop on 183 Queen Street East in Toronto.

Tonight is the opening party!

For more photos, please visit my flickr.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

OPENING PARTY 5-10-15-20

Its party time tomorrow! The opening party of 5, 10, 15, 20 is now just right around the corner!  
Need some good eats? We got home made kimbap + all you can eat tropical fruit table + other goodies.
These prints will also be available for purchase in the store, among other ones!

Come and take a look at the talent and goodies we have for sale! 

Participating artists and designers include:
Ji Han, Nicole Tirona, Justine Wong, Paul Tseng, Hieng Tang, Peter Chan, Mindzai Creative Shop, Sarah S Friend, Naomi Knaff, Ginette Lapalme, Jeannie Phan, Ness Lee, Ananda Gabo, and more+!

Need a wallet? We got some.
Need some new clothes? We got that too!
Need to detox your body and rejuvenate? We got a kit for that!
Need some dollar bills for the afterlife? ITS IN THE PACKAGING!
Come bring $5-$10-$15-$20 dollars, and walk out with some lovin. Or just bring yourself!
Draw + prizes at the door.

5-10-15-20 OPENING PARTY
Thursday, July 12, 2012
183 Queen Street East

5pm - 9pm 

Facebook Page:

Personal Wednesday - Process

Personal Wednesday - process of a new oil painting!

Monday, July 09, 2012

New Sketches on the Subway

Sketches on the Subway
Pencil on paper

Haven't posted observational drawings for a while! Here is a page of sketches done on the subway. I lead a sketch group with my friend Thierry Lafontaine here in Toronto and we sketch on the subway every Sunday.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

New Painting for Julyna Exhibition Group Show

"OK to be"
8'' x 10''
Oils & Pastels on Paper
Personal Wednesday.

Here is a small Oil Painting I did which is donated to a charity show coming up this weekend.

Every year, I usually donate a piece or two to some form of charity event as a way of giving back. This year, the first charity piece is done for Julyna. Julyna is a non profit community initiative to raise awareness for Cervical Cancer and raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Julyna: The Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday July 6th at 7pm
Show Dates: Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 15, 2012
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 1-5pm
Location: AWOL Gallery, 78 Ossington Ave, 2nd floor

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Personal Wednesday: Continued Process

Its Personal Wednesday!
Here are some photos of the piece in it’s finishing stages, adding some finishing touches.

Recently, I’ve been very inspired by the ideas of astrology and dreams. The connectedness of nature, thoughts, and memories that manifests out of our mind. I will talk about this more as I post the upcoming paintings I have lined up to finish.

I should also be posting the final image of this one soon.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Early Process

The early process of a painting in acrylics...

Here is the first, a work in progress of a new piece in graphite.

For other updates, please visit my facebook page -

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Personal Wednesdays Begins

For the next little while, I'll be doing 'Personal Wednesdays'. Every Wednesday starting this week, I will be sharing either a work in progress, a final painting, sketchbook work, or something that has to do with the development of my personal work. It can be something simple, or something more finished.

Here is the first, a work in progress of a new piece in graphite.

For other updates, please visit my facebook page -

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Work in Progress in the studio

Started this piece on a giant panel, 24'' x 36''.

The biggest I've worked for a while.. This is my current studio set up, its been really efficient.


Also, i now have a facebook page for my art -

Sunday, June 10, 2012


5'' x 5''
Inks on Paper

Always fun to use some inks again in between the bigger oil/acrylic pieces.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Painting - "Resting on the Ancients" & Post Spectrum

Hey guys, just came back from an awesome weekend in Kansas City at Spectrum Fantastic LIVE. Met lots of great artists and had some of the best conversations with the people at the event. Thank you everyone who bought prints and who came out to say hello, as well as the awesome awards ceremony put on by the Spectrum crew! It was great seeing old friends as well as meeting new ones.

It was especially great hanging out with great people and talents like Ryan Graff, Eric Fortune, Joao Ruas, Eric Joyner, Felipe Echevarria, Jeff Simpson, Keita Morimoto, Jason Felix, Justin Gerard, Cory Godbey, Jason Edmiston, Anthony Kosak, Wayne Reynolds, Travis Louie, Brandt Peters, Kathy Olivas, Doug Gregory, Greg Manchess, and Jean Baptiste Monge. There may have been many more, I apologize if I missed any names.

I am looking forward to next year when they put on another Spectrum LIVE event again. Things are busy after I got back and have a few deadlines, I will be posting and sharing some Spectrum photos that I took at the event, hopefully really soon.

Below is a painting I had at the event, that I can finally show now.

"Resting on the Ancients"
11.75'' x 11.75''
Oils on Board

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"From Then To Now" Oil Painting & Spectrum Fantastic Art LIVE!

"From Then To Now"
8'' x 10''
Oils and Gold Leaf on Wood

Here is a new Oil Painting I recently finished and varnished.


The idea of this piece is to juxtapose new and old culture, the traditional japanese elegant kimono with contemporary earphones as a western oil painting. How the times have changed, but some things remain to be remembered. 

Thank you to Spectrum, this will be included in their upcoming 19th Annual.
I will also be displaying it at the Spectrum Fantastic Art LIVE Event coming up in Kansas City on May 18-20 (This weekend).

Here is a flyer of the show from Imaginism Studios. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"A Chance Meeting" (Drawing)

"A Chance Meeting" (Drawing)
11" x 14"
Graphite on Paper

Here is a new piece I did recently in graphite. This pencil drawing will be painted bigger in oils, when that piece is done, I will post it here as well.

Have a good week, everyone!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Study in Moleskine

It's time for an update, a lot of new painting updates on their way..
In between paintings, I usually do these smaller studies. This time, I tried using Oils in my moleskine instead of Acrylics, the paper seems to be able to hold the paint pretty well.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The cold is not stopping..

Happy 2012 to everyone! Time sure is flying, I was away for bit in Cuba, and it was a really refreshing inspiring time.. settled back in Toronto now and back to work again! Can't believe its almost the end of this month already. Just wanted to drop in and share a new piece I've been working on, more to come soon.