Sim Chan - profile

Sim Chan

Hong Kong 1987

Installation, Painting

Sim Chan
Sim Chan
Hong Kong
February 2, 2016

Sim Chan is a Hong Kong-based artist, best known for his SimSky and SimCity series painted on handmade wooden frames. Born in 1987, the artist got his education from Hong Kong Art School, majoring in Painting. Upon graduation, Sim Chan established his studio in Fo Tan, the art district of Hong Kong.

SimSky No.61, 2015

Sim Chan - SimSky No.61, 2015
Sim Chan – SimSky No.61, 2015

Recurring motifs in Sim’s painting are elements of urban architecture and city skylines. Like looking through the viewfinder of a camera, Chan’s paintings capture images of the sky outlined and surrounded by crowded skyscrapers of Hong Kong. The aerial view of the sky in the city is transformed into various rectangular shapes and symbolic signs, visible in his SimSky series. His body of work is a compilation of artist’s own observations, memories and feelings towards the dynamic, ever-changing city. Sim’s works are an attempt to further explore the underneath connections between lifestyle and the changes that people made upon the nature.

These self-crafted wooden frames and cut-out shapes of the sky are made with mathematical calculation and effort. In such way, canvas and frame serve not only as surfaces to be painted on, but also as forms to be created.

SimCity series

Sim Chan - SimCity_No.37, 2011
Sim Chan – SimCity_No.37, 2011
Sim Chan - SimCity_No.46, 2012
Sim Chan – SimCity_No.46, 2012

In another series of work – SimCity, Chan creates his own virtual megalopolis. Each work has been built from the outcomes of the last, and the whole series evolved from the artist’s memories of entangled histories of the city.

Sim Chan was selected as a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2011. In addition, he received the Outstanding Artist Grand Award, and the Best Artwork Award in Painting by Hong Kong Art School. His work has been exhibited in many international art venues.

Ding Ding, exhibited at Back to the Future group show

Sim Chan - Ding Ding, 2015
Sim Chan – Ding Ding, 2015

He is represented by The Cat Street Gallery.

Sim Chan creates from his studio in Fo Tan, Hong Kong.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Urban DwellingSataSky Contemporary Art, ZurichSolo
2016Crossing Border - Border Crossing —International Festival of Crossing MediaMOST Alternative Space, JCCAC Art Village, Hong KongGroup
2015BACK TO THE FUTURE - PHASE IThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2015Floor of Love Art ExhibitionHotel Sav, Hong KongGroup
2015Young Talent Hong Kong 2015 - Affordable Art Fair 2015Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2015ART CENTRAL 2015BOOTH C08, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2015Crush On My CityKarin Weber Gallery, Hong KongGroup
201510th Anniversary Exhibition- In Conversations with 100 local artistsYY9 Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2014POETIC SPACE - Arthur Chan and Sim ChanYY9 Gallery, Hong KongDuo
2014CRACKER - Christmas Group ShowThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
20142014 ART MO International Art Fairthe Venetian Macao Cotai Expo, MacaoGroup
2014FINE ART ASIA 2014Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
20142014 ART NOVA 100National Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing ,ChinaGroup
2014The 2013-14 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalist ExhibitionThe Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong KongGroup
2014100ft.PARK Special Project 2 - Inside 100ft² - Affordable Art Fair 2014Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2014Art at Government Buildings 2013-14Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong KongGroup
2014Fotanian OpenStudios 2014Red Elation Studio X Sim Chan, Fo Tan, Hong KongGroup
2013Crafting Sky - Sim Chan & Stanley Siu100 ft. PARK, Hong KongDuo
2013Art Taipei 2013Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1, TaipeiGroup
2013Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize 2013 - by Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, HKRACSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2013Fine Art Asia 2013Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2013Asia Contemporary Art Show 2013JW Marriott Hotel, Hong KongGroup
2013Hong Kong Inivitational Oil Painting Exhibition 2013Hong Kong Central Library, Hong KongGroup
2013ENVIRON(S): CityscapeRed Elation Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2013EvolutionK11, Hong KongGroup
2013Young Talent Hong Kong - Affordable Art Fair 2013Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2013AHAF HK 2013Mandarin Oriental, Central, Hong KongGroup
2013Selected works by Gallery ArtistsRed Elation Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2013Fotanian OpenStudios 2013Fo Tan, Hong Kong (Red Elation Studio X Sim Chan)Group
2012ViewfinderRed Elation Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2012SimSky: Sim Chan Solo ExhibitionLeo Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2012Inside Out - Sim Chan and Vaan IpFabrik Contemporary Art, Hong KongSolo
2012Art Taipei 2012Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1, TaipeiGroup
2012Asia Contemporary Art Show 2012Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong KongGroup
2012Fine Art Asia 2012Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2012FABULOUS ROMANTIC - The Art of City Life in the eyes of 13 Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan artists SIGNATURE Fine Arts ,BeijingGroup
2012JETOcean Terminal Main Concourse, Harbour City Hong KongGroup
2012HONG KONG AUGUST - In the Mood for ArtSIGNATURE Fine Arts ,BeijingGroup
2012Art Melbourne 2012Royal exhibition Building, Carlton, AustraliaGroup
2012Hong Kong ContemporaryThe Park Lane Hong Kong, Hong KongGroup
2012HONG KONG inVISIBLE - Contemporary Art Exhibition by Hong Kong ArtistsSchoeni Art Gallery, Central, Hong KongGroup
2012Small is Beautiful Vol.3Leo Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2012AHAF HK 2012Mandarin Oriental Hong KongGroup
20121st Hong Kong Oil Painting Competition 2012Central Library, Hong KongGroup
2012The Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2011 Finalists ExhibitionLevel 3 Main Foyer, The Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, SingaporeGroup
2012Group ShowPearl Lam’s gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2012Fotanian OpenStudios 2012Fo Tan, Hong KongGroup
2011[KONG] ²New Gallery on Old Bailey, Central, Hong KongSolo
2011VISION - Hong Kong Contemporary Art Exhibition & Hong Kong Cancer Fund Charity AuctionHong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2011Selected works by Gallery ArtistsRed Elation Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2011ART FAIR TOKYO 2011Tokyo International Forum, JapanGroup
2011Fotanian OpenStudios 2011Fo Tan, Hong KongGroup
2010Here, there, where? - Sim Chan and Sun YuFQProject Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2010Chinese 20th Century and Contemporary Art Autumn Auction 2010BeijingGroup
2010ShContemporary 2010Shanghai Exhibition Centre, ShanghaiGroup
20103 IN 1- An exhibition by PabroRed Elation Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2010Fotanian OpenStudios 2010Fo Tan, Hong KongGroup
20091st Hong Kong Contemporary Arts Honors Show & Charity Auction 2009Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong KongGroup
2009Invitational Exhibition for HK Young ArtistWan Fung Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2009The moon gazed at you - You gaze at it tooWhite arcade, Hong KongGroup
2009FEEL IN THE BLANK, Hong Kong Art School Graduation ExhibitionPao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong KongGroup
2009Fotan Artist Open Studios 2009Fo Tan, Hong KongGroup
20082008 GATHER ExhibitionA&M Art Workshop, JCCAC, Hong KongGroup
2008Trail Of Time ExhibitionLa Lanta Fine Art Gallery, BangkokGroup
2008Childhood Memories ExhibitionA Gallery, Central, Hong KongGroup
2008Fotan Artist Open Studios 2008Fo Tan, Hong KongGroup
2007Small d design Exhibition of JIUUXNHUA Book City, Hong KongGroup
2007Small d design Exhibition of JIUUA Link Gallery, Hong KongGroup