12 November 2015
Mr Chan, born in Fuzhou in China, moved to Hong Kong at the age of five years, he left school at the age of thirteen because his family was poor. He becomes an apprentice sculptor, shaping religious figures. In 1974 he creates his own workshop, where he dedicates himself to the invention of a new technique: the Wallace cut, a method for sculpting realistic human faces in precious stones.
Thanks to his virtuosity, he was the first Asian jeweller/designer to exhibit at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. His flora creations and his little ‘beasts’ in precious stones, thanks to the perfection of workmanship and the realism of shapes, defined in every detail, seem to be 3D animations. The dragonfly seems about to take flight, while the fish swims slowly, producing bubble diamonds.
WHERE: Hong Kong