A Modern Renaissance Man’s Innovative and Revolutionary Jewelry Design
Top global luxury jewelry brands like Cartier and Tiffany are gaining a strong foothold in Hong Kong and mainland China. Jewelry is a big business in China. After 30 years of development, China’s jewelry industry has now become one of the world’s biggest consumer market. Along with the booming jewelry market, a group of Chinese jewelry artists are emerging. With their extraordinary creativity and superior technique, Chinese jewelry artists are gradually in the spotlight in the collection world. Among them, Wallace Chan, who possesses passion and breadth of mind and has achieved himself several honors, is one of the most outstanding jewelry artists.
Wallace Chan grew up in Hong Kong spending his youth mastering Eastern sculpture and the Western art of gemstones. After 20 years of sculpting he travelled to Europe to study the art of that Continent.
Wallace Chan quickly learned the art of cameo and intaglio carving techniques. In the mid 1980’s he invented the “Wallace Cut” – a carved image using reflective techniques. This marked the beginning of his adventure in working with gem stones, launching a new creative period in his career.
From 1996 – 2000 Wallace entered his “Buddhist Art” stage. He worked on large scaled sculpting projects often for reserved monasteries. In 2000 he created a Great Stupa for Taiwan’s Fo Huang Shan Buddhist Temple earning him great recognition among lovers of Buddhist art.
The year 2001 opened a new chapter of jewelry creation for Wallace Chan. He began exploring new faceting techniques to give form to his Zen-stimulated mind. After years of research, Wallace Chan successfully discovered the “Titanium Jewelry” technique. In the world renowned BASELWORLD 2007 he launched a new series of fine jewelry featuring titanium. He then created a magnificent new fine jewelry concept “wearable sculptural art”, which earned him countless international design awards and respect among the top designers and collectors around the globe.
Museums and galleries all over the world caught wind of Wallace Chan’s unique and innovative talents. He has been invited to exhibit his jewelry in Beijing’s (Capital Museum), New York, California, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Moscow, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan, (among other locales). He was even cited by the German jewelry industry to be a “carving genius”.
Wallace Chan’s creativity rely on his dedication to the experiment with different shapes, outlines, and the chemical reactions of different metals. As the artist said,
“I don’t want to just create jewelry that features a lot of expensive stones set in an appealing way. I want dramatic pieces, jewelry that never ceases to amaze the beholder with newly discovered elements, different sensations and delightful montage effects that add to the special story of each of my pieces. “
As Jing Daily has previously noted, luxury jewelry brands are deliberately partnering with Chinese artists for advertising campaigns to localize their products. Over the past few years, Wallace Chan has captured the attention of luxury retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. We believe a creative artist like Wallace Chan who is of Chinese origin and has profound knowledge in jewelry design, will stand him out and catch the eyes of luxury jewelry brands as well as the collection world.