Photo: Pak Keung Wan in Birmingham, West Midlands

Pak Keung Wan

Artist, Lecturer / academic

My current practice is performed through drawing, moving image, photography and Installation. I liken these to transitional states through which my concerns with time and form, being and relations with the natural world are enacted, within which I manoeuvre. Drawing has been consistent throughout my practice. I see it as a type of behaviour, a form intrinsic to life and which inhabits me. Sensing from within, I feel acted upon as I am drawn to, drawn by. In the space of making lies a source for invoking forces beyond human agency. Gravitational attractions, the vestigial, biological time, such indeterminate energies chart a kinetics through the forms I employ, a descent from the incorporeal and made tangible, in a drawing, a (moving) still. Mediums are chosen to inform and articulate my ideas. For an ongoing body of drawings entitled In Papyro, silverpoint is used to transcribe personal experiences of conception and loss. A medium that pre-dates pencil, it speaks to me about origins, of vision and form, a precursory vehicle for thought. Whilst in a related development entitled Lune, digital animation is utilised in order to 'give life' to hundreds of individual drawings which, in their static state, I see as 'still-forms'. I am conscious of my own form and participation within the work. Methods are devised in how to draw, as they are in how to stand, extend the arm, draw breath. Drawing for me is an expansive act.

Location Birmingham, West Midlands
Activities Higher education, Further education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Private commissions, Exhibitions programme
Artforms / type of project Animation, Drawing, Installation, Intervention, Performance

News & Events

  • From Here & There: Drawings from the UK

    29/11/2014 – 20/12/2014
    Elysium Gallery Offsite, The Old Iceland Building, 27-29 High Street, SA1 1NU, Swansea, Wales, UK

    4 drawings from my Totipotenti series will be exhibited Open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm Preview Saturday 29th November, 7-9PM

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  • From Here and There: Drawings from Swansea to Colorado

    26/09/2014 – 31/10/2014
    Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, CO, USA

    4 drawings from the Totipotenti series have been selected for this exchange programme of exhibitions between the Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado, USA and the Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK.

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