Borealis Wonder, Northwest Territories 16in x 40in Acryli
Nathan Kai-Cheong Chan
Nathan Kai-Cheong Chan picked up the paintbrush at a time when he was ill in 2011. It was then when he recognized the healing power of painting.
Native Calgarian Nathan has spent over five years in Norway. He draws his inspiration for his paintings from his extensive travels abroad, literature, music, and his personal challenges.
Nathan holds artistic diplomas in cello and speech arts, as well as degrees in commerce, disability studies and education. He is an active chamber and orchestral musician and maintains a studio teaching private cello and speech arts lessons. Nathan is also the Founder and Managing Director of a surrogacy and egg donation consultancy, Proud Fertility, where he helps fulfill family dreams of infertile couples.
Of his practice he says; “Painting the Northern Lights serves great purpose in my artistic and personal life. Of all the wonders of the world, they may be the most electric of them all. I have had the opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis in Norway, Iceland, the Northwest Territories and Alberta. The Lights always look so different and their incredible movement makes them difficult to capture on a static canvas. That is what makes it exciting for me to paint them, because it is so challenging to recreate such fluid movement. In the artistic process, I am able to infuse the canvas with the mood I feel at the time of painting. While I paint other subjects, over time the Aurora Borealis has become my signature theme”.