Dan ChenMaster Artist of Sculptures in Bronze, Silk Paintings, Porcelain
We welcome Master Artist Dan Chen as our latest addition to the Adonai Christian Fine Art Gallery team.
Dan is a Master Artist currently living in Eugene, Oregon. He was born and raised in Toi Sang, China in the early 1960's. "The youngest of three children, the only boy, I found myself surrounded by art from early on. My father, a reporter and editor at the county newspaper, was also a calligrapher and a self-taught artist. My earliest memories of art are from the age of three when I peered above the table top in breathless fascination at the magic that seemed to flow from my father's paintbrush.
"The most influential phase of my life was while I worked for Mr. Mok, the factory manager of a company that produced handcrafted artwork on plates and on the sides of porcelain vases. He was also the most influential person in my life. Under Mr. Mok's tutelage, I learned his most personally valued skills: patience and attention to detail. I also was his only student in the ancient but dying art of Gong But - traditional Chinese Fine Brush Painting. The average time it takes to complete a work using Gong But is four months - a timeless art, apparently running out of time."
But at the age of 20, Dan moved to the United States with his parents because of political unrest in China. Here, he enrolled at San Francisco's Academy of Art College. It was at the Academy of Art where he first incorporated the basics of Western art into his training. At the same time, Dan held several jobs to pay the bills. While his art was being seen as showing a style that combined techniques of both East and West, Dan was also going through a melding process. Seeing opportunity to make money from his art work and techniques, Dan created "Dan's Workshop" where he designed and produced a few products, such as porcelain persimmon lidded boxes which sold well in gift shops in Portland and Seattle.
"One year later, I got married to the wonderful Michelle Liu, who has been my personal cheerleader ever since we met in college." Later, the couple and their first child moved to Eugene, Oregon where Dan was reinvigorated by the nature surrounding them in the pacific Northwest. Here he went headlong back into the basics of his love of art.
Dan has spent over 35 years learning the techniques of his mulit-media art work. Even with the devastating death of his beloved wife from cancer two years ago, Dan worked his way out of personal grief through his passion and focus for art. Dan has parented his four children, and he teaches a weekly class for other artists in his advanced techniques in addition to continuing with his own art creations.