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About

Based in her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, Canadian visual artist Chrystal Phan employs traditional Western methods of oil painting to recount stories from the lives of Vietnamese Canadians who came to Canada as refugees after 1975. 

Chrystal Phan’s work brings viewers into her experiences growing up in Canada in a family of Vietnamese refugees. Her paintings often show scenes of ‘every day’ family activities that represent how Canadian cultural traditions are experienced by first and second generation Vietnamese Canadian families who are constantly adjusting how they perform their multiple identities as their sense of connection to their new homeland recalibrates over time.

Beyond the surface, each composition is embedded with multiple layers of meaning, using regular objects such as backpacks and watermelons to act as a conduit into the world of mixed cultural values and traditions.

The drive behind her work is to represent Asian faces in the mainstream fine art world in ways that are not exotic, magical, or otherwise orientalized and draw attention to the ways in which Canadian identity is formed and guarded that can keep racialized Canadians from ever feeling completely and truly ‘Canadian.’

I acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

and  The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

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Projects
Projects
Rat Study

THE LUCKY ONES
PROJECT

Pool Party

ONCE FOR A WHILE
PROJECT

Selected Works
Works
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Exhibitions, Publications, Awards

2022

Solo Exhibition of Selected Works, Victoria Arts Council @ McPherson PlayHouse (Oct-Dec)

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Finalist, Boynes Emerging Artist Award, 6th Edition

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

Solo Exhibition "Once For A While"

Chapel Gallery, Victoria BC

2021

Royal British Columbia Museum

RBCM@Outside Virtual Fieldtrip Interview December 2021

ArtAscent Art & Literary Journal 47 February 2021

10th Annual All Women Online Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time  Online Art Gallery - Special Recognition for Excellence in Art for 'china town' 12"x24" oil on canvas

2020

Sooke Fine Art Show

2019

AIRE The Annual International Representational Exhibition, Vancouver

Sidney Fine Art Show

Sooke Fine Art Show

Contact Me

phanchrystal@gmail.com

Victoria BC Canada

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