Credit: Olive Chan, Effervescent, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 2.5 x 2.5 inches.
Thursday Artist Talk: Olive Chan, "#LittleArtsOfKindness"
Learn about an "art hug" movement a local artist started amidst pandemic isolation.
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In the face of widespread isolation and grief due to COVID-19, Olive Chan began an "art hug" movement that spanned the continent, with artists across Canada and the US sending small works of art to bring hope and encouragement to front-line workers as well as those living alone. In her artist talk, she will tell the story of how the #littleartsofkindness movement began, while demonstrating how she creates her 2-inch by 2-inch paintings using acrylic paint. She will also share about how other artists can get involved in the #littleartsofkindness movement, particularly with more people struggling as the pandemic wears on.
As a landscape artist who focuses on painting skies and light, Chan believes that the beauty of nature can be an uplifting source of consolation despite the struggles and losses of life. She hopes her paintings of skies can remind people to "keep looking up."
Chan will also share about her journey to becoming an artist, along with how art has helped her cope with the stresses of motherhood as well as the pandemic.
This talk is part of Surrey Art Gallery Association's monthly Thursday Artist Talks.
About the Artist
Olive Chan is a Chinese-Canadian landscape artist based in Port Coquitlam, BC who works primarily in acrylics on both large and small scale. Art, for Chan, is an attempt to convey to others that they are loved. With a focus on skies, Chan hopes that her paintings can offer viewers a moment to breathe and to rest their souls a little. She holds an Honours BFA in Theatre Set Design from York University in Toronto and has been painting for over twenty years, mostly as a hobby. She officially launched her art career at the beginning of 2020.
About Surrey Art Gallery Association
Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art and be part of a community that actively supports Surrey Art Gallery.