CHAN Wai Lap 陳惠立
Born in 1988, Hong Kong
Hong Kong-based visual artist Chan Wai Lap’s creative practice primarily involves painting and drawing, while he also explores making artist books and installations. Chan’s works are often inspired by his personal experience, memories, and everyday happenings, investigating the concept of power dynamics – between public and private, self and others, and the inter-relationships of these notions. Chan is particularly keen on documenting public swimming pools. His pool installations have been well-received that he crossed-over into the popular culture realm through showcasing at a Cantopop concert in 2022, and his new public installation Some of us are looking at the stars, commissioned by the Hong Kong Museum of Art in March 2023, brings his swimming pool to the harbor front, thereby creating a public intimate space for passersby.
Chan received his Bachelor of Art (Hons) in Visual Communication from Birmingham City University in 2011. He was the winner of the Award for Young Artist (Visual Arts) of the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2019, and the finalist for the 2022 Sovereign Asian Art Prize and 2021 Art Sanya Huayu Youth Award. Chan’s works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in various art institutions. Selected notable solo exhibitions include The Lonesome Changing Room (Contemporary by Angela Li & Art Central, Hong Kong, 2021); I cannot Wait For Three Months! (halka sanat projesi, Instanbul, 2019); I say Marco, You say Polo (Fringe Club, Hong Kong, 2019; School of Visual Arts, New York, 2018); Everything’s Alright (chi K11 art space, Hong Kong, 2016); and Yesterday’s – Dirty Paper Exhibition (Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, 2013). Group exhibition participations include: A Collection in Two Acts (Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong, 2022); The Sunshine is still there (SC Gallery, Hong Kong 2022); Let’s Try Catching Steam with Bare Hands (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2021); I Will Always Be On Your Side (part of the 55 Squared Project, commissioned by Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2020); The Bacteriology Drawing Lab (Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, 2019); and ASYAAF & Hidden Artist Festival 2018 (Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul), and more.