At 17, Wallace Chan founded his gemstone carving workshop in 1974.
Often compared to alchemists in medieval Europe and philosophers in ancient China, Wallace Chan is obsessed with new discoveries. When he finds himself dreaming beyond what existing materials, tools and techniques can realise, he turns towards innovation.
After eight years of research and experimentation, the artist and jewellery creator unleashed titanium’s undiscovered potential in jewellery and now in large-scale sculptures, materialising unprecedented colours and forms. Consequently, he spent seven years on the rebirth of porcelain, and the birth of The Wallace Chan Porcelain; a redefined material that is five times harder than steel, colourful, smooth and lustrous – embodying new aesthetics and high complexity.
Understanding that life itself is imperfect, the artist pursues his ideals in unworldly imagination. These material innovations, and the many creations that are made possible thereby, reflect the different universes that together compose the multiverse of Wallace Chan. His contemplation and curiosity about life, death and the universe inspire his creativity and innovative spirit.
He gained worldwide recognition by becoming the first Chinese jewelry artist to exhibit at prestigious art fairs like The European Fine Art Fair (Maastricht 2016-2019, New York 2016 & 2017) and Biennale des Antiquaires (Paris, 2012 & 2014). His solo exhibitions were held at Asia House (London, 2019), Christie’s Gallery (Hong Kong, 2019), the Gemological Institute of America Museum (Carlsbad, 2011); the Capital Museum (Beijing, 2010); Kaohsiung Museum of History (Taiwan, 1999), and Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum (Idar-Oberstein, 1992). In 2019, his jewelry creation, A New Generation, was added to the permanent collection of the British Museum, on exhibit in The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia.
To date, his speaking credits include De Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Maastricht, 2020), the British Museum (London, 2019); LAPADA Art and Antique Fair (London, 2019); Hotel Café Royal (London, 2019); the British Academy of Jewellery (London, 2019); the Royal College of Art (London, 2019); The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, 2019); Christie’s Education (Hong Kong, 2019); Gem-A (London, 2018); Sarabande Foundation: Established by Lee Alexander McQueen (London, 2018); Sciences Po (Paris, 2018); Harvard University (Cambridge, 2017); Central Saint Martins (London, 2017); the V&A Museum (London, 2016), and Christie’s (Paris, 2014). In 2016, his first illustrated monograph, Dream Light Water, was released at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York).