Wayne Ngan: New Works

October 24 - December 6, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, October 24, 8 – 10pm
Artist in attendance

The Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition in our secondary exhibition space of new work by Wayne Ngan.

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Wayne Ngan has distinguished himself as one of the most virtuosic potters of our time. Now 76, his recent production incorporates increasingly sculptured, fantastical forms which begin from traditional shapes only to become exaggerated into nuanced contemporary vessels. Their richly glazed bodies express his mastery of classic techniques from China, Korea and Japan infused with an expanded use of understated color. Inspired by the elements around him, Ngan’s work functions on a different time continuum: a return to an essentialist connection to material.

Wayne Ngan was born in 1937 in a small village near Guangzhou, China and emigrated to Canada when he was 13. He graduated with honours from the Vancouver School of Art in 1963, beginning a prolific career in pottery, painting and sculpture. Ngan’s work was featured as the inaugural exhibition of the Bau-Xi Gallery in 1965, with key exhibitions following at the Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, National Palace Museum (Taipei), Museum of Civilisation (Ottawa), Canadian Craft Museum and the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC (Vancouver), among others. Ngan was the recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award for Masters of the Crafts (1983). His work has been recognized as instrumental in the development of the well-known West Coast Modernist Aesthetic that continues to influence ceramic practice in British Columbia; his unyielding experimentation in form and surface has resulted in pottery that spans the refined to the rough. Ngan’s work is collected and exhibited worldwide.