Thursday, May 31, 2007

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Wrestling the Light SOLD

Wrestling the Light, oil on canvas, 24" x 30"
Finger painted

This Original Finger Painting is sold and can be seen in my gallery. Please visit my shop to see more Original Finger Paintings, limited edition prints, and collectible cards.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Spotlight on Flying Tangerines with the Stars as Blossoms SOLD

This Original Finger Painting is sold and can be seen in my gallery. Please visit my shop for more Original Finger Paintings, limited edition prints, and collectible cards.

Ivan Chan Studio: Invite Beauty

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sneak Preview! Wrestling the light

A tight crop of the sketch for my next painting, based on the biblical story of Jacob and the angel.

For those unfamiliar with Judeo-Christian-Islamic stories, Jacob fought from night until dawn with an unknown assailant and wouldn't release him until the attacker blessed him, at which time Jacob was blessed with the name Israel, which means, "prevailed against the divine."

It isn't actually written in the Bible that Jacob tussled with an angel, but that's the common interpretation. It's the interpretation I've chosen for my next work, because I think it's a rich and beautiful image, full of symbolism: How many of us struggle with our divinity? Our conscience? The basic worth of who we are?

In my research, I've found that in many pictures, the angel is depicted as effortlessly winning the match, but in the story, it's the angel that asks to be freed as dawn approaches. Even after dealing a terrible wound to Jacob, Jacob doesn't relent (and that's how he gets to negotiate a blessing--perseverance!). I've decided to depict my scene with the angel at Jacob's mercy.

The background I believe will be abstract, to continue my exploration of expressionism.

Invite Beauty,


A Reception to Remember

Last night's reception at The Mill was grand! Thanks to all those who came out for the event.

Beautiful guitar music provided by the gracious and generous Mark Malone set the ambience for the reception where friends, family, and collectors mingled to enjoy the photography and artwork Brian Carr and I had on the walls. It was such a delight talking with people about blue cats and finger painting, and I overheard conversations with Brian about his journeys to Italy and Hawaii to collect images that comprised his current show.

Ah. Still savoring the buoyant energy from the gathering. It heartens me to know that people will come from far and wide to celebrate beauty and friendship.

My humble thanks to Regina Carr, Brian's sister from Seattle, who came to help with the event, and to Brinton Everett of Sunflower Fields of Well Being, director of The Mill's gallery and healing spaces, for facilitating the show and reception. A pleasure, an honor, and a gift. Thank you.

Best always (and pictures when I get them!),


Friday, May 25, 2007

Spotlight on Deep Kitty SOLD

Deep Kitty, oil on canvas, 12" x 16"
finger painted!

This Original Finger Painting is sold but can be seen in my gallery. Please visit my shop for more Original Finger Paintings, limited edition prints, and collectible cards.

Ivan Chan Studio: Invite Beauty

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Real! Live! Music!

Oh yes, I'm talking about this reception one more time!

I just found out from Brinton Everett, the director of The Mill where Brian's and my art reception will be, that she's found a talented musician (and artist!) to play live at the get-together!

Mark Malone, a musician for the last 45 years and also a carver of ethereally beautiful flutes, will be gracing our reception with his music (guitar and possibly other instruments) from 6 PM to 8 PM. Art, music, food, and the people to appreciate the above--what better way to spend your Saturday night?

Thanks for letting everybody know!

Take care,


Monday, May 21, 2007

RECEPTION this Saturday, May 26!

Come one, come all! It's the reception for the end of my show at The Mill Gallery in Santa Cruz, California!

In attendance will be myself and my talented and good friend, Brian Carr of Brian Carr Studio, who's also showing at The Mill Gallery. He'll not only be exhibiting his gorgeous photography (images of home and Italy), but will be debuting a large work of stained glass inspired by mosaic work in cathedrals. If you've enjoyed our work virtually, here's your chance to stand face to face with it, as well as hang out and talk a bit!

Food and refreshments will be served.

Keep updated on my Events by checking this blog regularly and my web site under the About section!

Ivan Chan Studio: Invite Beauty

Spotlight on The Mynah Escapes limited edition print

The Mynah Escapes, limited edition (5) giclee, 13" x 19"

Please click on the image to read the description, see detailed pics, and to purchase this high quality, limited edition (5) print.

Ivan Chan Studio: Invite Beauty

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Public Art Box Dedication

The ceremony dedicating the art for the utility boxes happened today at the corner of King's Village and Mount Hermon Road. (For other upcoming events, check my Events section!)

The mayor of Scotts Valley, Dene Bustichi, as well as the arts commission and some of the sponsors were present to acknowledge the work of the artists in particular, and the positive effects of art on the community in general.

People slowed down (we were at an intersection, at one of the utility boxes) and pulled over to tell us how much they loved the images that now graced their drive into and out of town. It was real-time feedback on how art really does influence our environment, mood, and society itself.

Never underestimate the power of creativity!

Take care,


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Upcoming event! Public Art Box Dedication

They're having a ceremony for the artists who won this year's seven commissions for the utility boxes along Mount Hermon Road!

The mayor of Scotts Valley, Dene Bustichi, will be there, as will the Arts Commission. I'm excited and may just show up in my disco duds once again! Or perhaps something more contemporary. We'll see.

For more info, please visit the Events section of my web site.

Take care,


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Morning Sketch

It's interesting what I see in the textures of my ceiling. Blink--and it's gone. But this time, I was prepared.

With a dream journal--for images, not words--next to me in bed, I caught this Gestalt experience and it's evolving into a painting.

Stay tuned to stay updated!

Take care,


Thursday, May 03, 2007

Little Beauties Art Cards: Here Kitty Series set!

Little Beauties: Here Kitty Series set
Ten frameable cards, five collectible images
(with envelopes)

Please click on the image to read the description, see detailed pics, and to purchase this collection of original Here Kitty images from Ivan Chan Studio. A portion of the sales benefits the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Show at Owl's Nest (Kresge College, UCSC)

Here are the selected works now being shown at Kresge College's new restaurant, Owl's Nest (the show officially opens this Friday, May 4, and closes on June 16, 2007). For more info and directions, please visit my Events section.

Kresge College is one of ten colleges that comprise the University of California at Santa Cruz. They have invited my work, as part of The Beauty of Us series, to inaugurate their walls. It's particularly exciting for me because Kresge is my alma mater, and thirteen years later, I'm invited to be part of this vibrant community once again.

My sincerest thanks to Nico Archer, program director of The Beauty of Us, for finding my artwork, sharing his enthusiasm, and being an all-around incredible person. I'd also like to thank Matt, manager of Owl's Nest, for being a generous host.

If Only

Found and Lost

The Longest Kiss Good Night


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Exhibit and honor at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Some months in the making, but the show up at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is now a go and will begin this Friday, May 4, 2007!

Part of The Beauty of Us series dealing with GLBTI issues, my artwork will reflect this year's theme of identity and identity formation.

Selected paintings will be hung at Kresge College's newly remodeled restaurant until June 1 and then moved to the Women's Studies Library on June 2 for Pride (a festival celebrating diversity), and then back again to the restaurant where it will remain there until June 16. There's discussion about keeping my work in the quiet sanctuary of the library, and of course, I'll keep people updated on this blog and on my web site's Events section.

Another honor is the invitation to be the featured artist of Pride 2007! This is an incredible festival and celebration that had 400-500 students, staff, and members of the community at large attend last year (it's first year). This second year promises to be bigger and better, so I'm terribly excited and looking forward to the noise and joy of that day.

Thanks again for everybody's support and interest in my work!

Take care,